Thoughts About What We’re Reading…
Looking through the reading plan as I write this, my normal course of action is to write about whatever we will be reading on the Thursday the blog comes out.
Looking at the plan, I have decided to diverge from my normal routine this week to write about the Book of Habakkuk as it fits between our Thursday readings.
If I do not write about Habakkuk, one of the more explicit sections of scripture dealing with the Sovereignty of God, we will have missed a chance to think through this book together.
Habakkuk was the last of the Minor Prophets to preach in Judah, the southern kingdom, before the final Babylonian invasion.
Unlike other prophets who declared God’s message to people – this prophet dialogued with God about people.
While, most Old Testament prophets proclaimed divine judgment, Habakkuk pleaded for divine judgment – but was surprised with the response.
Like the book of Job, this book presents important biblical truths for people who encounter difficulties that seem incomprehensible.
Habakkuk seeks to understand where is God in a time where the world has gone bad. Why is there so much oppression and injustice? Why do the evil prosper and the righteous suffer?
Why doesn’t God do something? Where is He?
Throughout the ages, God’s people have often expressed this complaint.
Job wondered why God seemed absent amid his difficult circumstances (Job 3), and Israel cried out during its wilderness wanderings, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Ex. 17:7).
God’s response was not what the prophet ever imagined or desired: God is surely among his people, will help them, and will bring them justice.
But… he will do it through the violent and haughty nation of Babylon (“the Chaldeans”; Hab. 1:6).
Through this perplexing response, God challenges not only Habakkuk’s faith but ours as well.
That God can bring about good from evil is a theme that echoes down through the whole Bible, such as in Joseph’s statement to his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).
God’s response to Habakkuk also foreshadows the ultimate good—eternal salvation—that would come through the ultimate evil—execution of the sinless Son of God upon a cross.
Yet in the unfathomable wisdom of God, on that cross justice and mercy meet.
Jesus receives the penalty that the justice of God requires for sin; and we receive, through faith, God’s mercy in forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life (Rom. 3:21–26).
This is why we can continue to have faith, trust and hope amid the brokenness of our world: God’s providential use of people and events is both purposeful and personal.
So, where is God? He is in sovereign control.
Until next time… keep reading!
Excerpts for this blog were taken directly from: The Bible Knowledge Commentary and extensively from The Gospel Transformation Study Bible.
Yet another great blog, my friend. Today’s world has gone so far astray that one can’t help but wonder if there is any hope. As you have reminded us, God is sovereign. He can (and will) bring justice and offer His saving grace in the process.
Thanks again for your blog.