How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear?
Just like Habakkuk, we’ve all wondered why God takes so long. We pray to the Lord for different things. We share with Him the depths of our heart, yet we don’t receive a response immediately. We try our best to be honest with God hoping that He will reward us by granting our hearts’ desires. Some of us wait; some of us don’t. Some of us keep calling out to Him in desperation for wisdom and understanding, but some of us give up. Habakkuk had a special encounter with God. Sometimes I read through the book of Habakkuk and am in awe of how he, so honestly, talks to the Lord. As we wonder what the Lord is doing and question His timing and decision-making, there are a few things we must remember today (and every day).
Questions don’t change who God is. No matter how desperate you get, your questions to God won’t affect His character. Don’t use your questions to accuse God of being someone He is not. He is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever! However hard your situation is getting, God is in control. You can either continue to worry or trust that God is who He has always been.
Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days—You would not believe if you were told.
God never stops working. There never comes a time when God puts everything on hold and just relaxes on a beach. He doesn’t take vacation. He could if He wanted to, but He doesn’t. He is always working. And even better than that, He is always working for us. We can’t even begin to understand how God orchestrates everyone and everything in this world to make the perfect symphony. God works all things together for good to those who love God and to those called according to HIs purpose. Even when you can’t see what He’s doing, He is always doing something. Just think about a time in life when you were so thankful to the Lord for His goodness. Think about what all had to work together for that situation to work out for your benefit. It could even come down to the Starbucks barista giving you a free drink. There are no coincidences. Our God knows exactly what He’s doing.
I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.
God always answers prayers. He always does His part. Are we doing ours? When we pray, we must wait expectantly, but not foolishly. Don’t pray with a perfect scenario in mind of how you want it all to turn out. Trust. God may not answer the way you would’ve wanted, but He always answers. You have to be willing to take whatever He gives. We would rather be humbly accepting the Lord’s plans than pridefully and selfishly going on with our own. His answer to you may be yes, but it may also be no. His answer, a lot of times, is Wait and See. Whatever you do, don’t stop praying, and don’t stop listening for His voice. God has a perfect plan, and if that’s what you want to be a part of, then do it His way. He will guide your steps, if you let Him.
Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.
Give God all the glory. As hard as life gets, praise God. Remember who He is. He is our Savior. Remember what He saved us from. He is our friend. Remember that He is always there for us. He is Creator God. Look out at creation, and remember that God is great. He is worthy of all of our praise and adoration. He strengthens us and has given us a great hope. Questions don’t delight Him as our worship does.
Thank God for the Bible. It truly is the manual to make it through this life – one day at a time. The book of Habakkuk is beautiful. Read it sometime.