Will you answer me Already?!?

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” Habakkuk 1:5

Mom, mum, mama, maMA, mommy, mommeeeee, MOM

We’ve all seen this commercial. Some of us immediately relate, some of us change the channel because it is utterly annoying and some of us think “why the heck didn’t she just answer him the first time”

“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!” Habakkuk 1: 2a

Habakkuk could relate. I picture him seeing this commercial and thinking “I feel ya Stewie”

Habakkuk was a prophet when Judah was under Assyrian power. A prophet who was crying out and didn’t feel heard. He goes on to talk about violence everywhere, evil deeds, misery, destruction, people who love to argue and fight, no justice in courts, and finally he says in the first part of verse 4

“The wicked far outnumber the righteous”

Sound familiar?

Habakkuk was filled with angst about the current state of his country. He was crying out for help. He felt like God was not listening. In a vision, God finally answered him.

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” Habakkuk 1: 5

Have you been calling out to God? Tattling on the world. I know I have. When I call my mom to vent sometimes she’ll tell me “Emily you’re just gonna have to tell God on them”

Habakkuk sure did. He told God on them. Was God aware of what was going on in Judah? Absolutely!

Nothing surprises our Father, but that can’t stop us from crying out to him. Habakkuk is only a 3 chapter book. It is made up of exchanges between Habakkuk and God. In Chapter 3 is where we learn how to handle this seemingly impossible inner struggle of watching our nation fall apart. The entire chapter is a prayer in three parts: Plea, praise, and a pledge

You can read this prayer in Habakkuk 3:1-19

God wants us to plead with him

He wants our praise

He wants us to pledge our commitment and faith

“yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation” Habakkuk 3:18

Its ok to call out “God, God, Ga-aaaaad, Abba, Dadddeeeee, DAaaaaD, GOD”

You must follow it with praise and a pledge. Trust He will take care of it. God is sovereign. He is good and He will come to our rescue, but we must wait patiently.

“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place, it will not be delayed.”Habakkuk 2:3

Rather you’re upset about our nation as a whole or your own personal world has fallen apart, the answer is the same

plead, praise and pledge.

God, abba, daddy, dad, papa, Lord: we beg for reprieve. Take us out of this mess, punish these evil doers. Help us out of the sinking sand we have stepped into. Lord you are good, you are holy and we can not do this without you. I pledge to listen, obey and trust your ways. I am going to be patient and rejoice in your goodness. Thank you for my salvation. Thank you for my struggles and I pray you will give me wisdom on how to use it for good. It’s in your precious and holy name. Amen

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