Read through this book twice yesterday and I’m sharing because it is sooo good for the times we are currently in! Check it out:
Habakkuk was one of the prophets in the old testament that wrote in about 630-605 BC.
During the times he was in, society was so violent & destructive (sound familiar?) and Habakkuk did not understand why our God would allow this to happen. So what did he do? He started to talk to God and ask questions, and boy did he get them!
“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! ‘Violence is everywhere!’ I cry, but you do not come to save.” Habakkuk 1:2
The Lord replies to him, during his prayer and questions, saying that due to people worshipping idols, cruelty towards one another, selfishness, and how they rely on their own strength alone, they have brought this destruction upon themselves. This is what sin does, if you let it.
Habakkuk listens & believes God’s response and cries out again to Him asking if these ways will continue forever, and will he allow the good to suffer for the bad. He remains patient & trusts that God will respond to his questions yet again.
God reveals to Habakkuk through song, the coming of the Holy & Eternal One, which all points to Jesus. Habakkuk sung about the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
“I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise. His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One!” Habakkuk 3:3-6
God listened to his prayers, responded, and remained faithful to the people that called upon Him. Jesus Christ was given to us to rescue us from ever having to live in captivity, anxiety, fear, & distress ever again. I know sometimes we may have that same question as Habakkuk, “Why is this happening? Why aren’t you listening God? Why are so many babies being aborted? Why are so many policemen getting killed & hated? Why are so many people spreading hate about racism? Why can’t everyone just get along?!?!” God hears, Jesus cares, and the Holy Spirit guides. Rejoice in Jesus’ victory and remember how faithful our God is through every battle you are facing, or whatever disaster or violent act we may hear about in the world. God is with us, we will not fall.
If you enjoyed hearing about Habakkuk like I did, the next few books are just as good haha. I encourage you to read it to get the fullness of the message, & to gain your own understanding. I love reading, and more importantly learning about God and Jesus, so I continued reading yesterday and read Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi. Each one of these has a common message. All prophets lived during sinful times that caused so much violence, pain, & destruction, but rejoiced in the promises of God. The promises of faithfulness, saving, restoration, & love. Malachi was one that I loved so much so I hope that you read that one soon!
Have a beautiful day, you are so loved! ♡