“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe
even if you were told.”
“Why do you make me look at injustice?” Habakkuk asks God this question right off the bat (1:3). This is the same question I cried out to God when my wife and I were facing a terrible injustice a few years ago. Someone’s personal vendetta won the day. The cruelty of the whole episode would affect our mental wellbeing for years to come, let alone our careers and financial stability.
During this time, I turned to the Book of Habakkuk. When friends asked how’re we’re doing, I would say, “Man, it’s so rough I’m reading Habakkuk…” When I shared that with my pastor, he said, “If that’s the case, you may need to be ready to preach next week.”
He wasn’t far off. Habakkuk laments with God over the invasion of the Babylonians and the Assyrians. He doesn’t understand how this unrighteous and cruel people could celebrate victory and get the spoils at the expense of God’s people. But God tries to give them a long term promise. “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.” (1:5)
He doesn’t give them a timeline, He just challenges them to be vigilant and steadfast. Evil will happen, but He is at work, doing something amazing. As I write this today, I wish I could tell you we have seen the “Good Thing” we have prayed for. We haven’t yet. But we’re still here and still steadfast. We believe God is still working out the “utterly amazing.” Keep a lookout, stay tuned to TJC, when the report comes, I will share it, and you can be utterly amazed with me. So why does God make us look at injustice? So that we will recognize it, and be utterly amazed by Him!
Daily Battle Order:
We’ve all asked God the same question in one form or another. What is the instance that drove you to Habakkuk? Are you still being steadfast or have you given up? I challenge you—God hears you. He is not too small or insecure to handle your questions and rants. Read Habakkuk and then Let ‘Em have it. And see if He doesn’t let you know that He will amaze you.