Habakkuk is one of those chapters in the bible that we can’t say and tend to skip because it doesn’t make sense. But it is important that we get out of this habit and see the real picture. We don’t just need some of the books that make sense. We don’t just need the New Testament. We don’t just need the Old Testament. We need the whole bible! If you haven’t read Habakkuk, I encourage you to. There’s a few things in it that could be eye openers. Here is a few that I have learned from it:
Asking Why to an Almighty God
O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.” -Habakkuk 1:2-3
Our first response is probably, “Why is someone questioning God? God has this whole thing planned out and knows everything. He doesn’t need someone questioning His ways.” As all knowing and powerful He is, He allows us to ask Him “why”. Sometimes things don’t go how we expected or terrible things are going on and we want to know why. It is okay to ask Him “why”, but with an open hand ready to receive, not a fist. Sometimes He will answer but sometimes He won’t. And when He doesn’t, it isn’t because He ignored you. Sometimes it is because you won’t gain anything by knowing the “why” of things. Or sometimes He has a reason to not tell you the why. But never be scared to ask Him “why”. Never be scared to ask Him why things happened the way they did, but ask with an open hand, not a fist.
Hearing God’s Voice
Habakkuk also shows how to hear for God’s voice. When asking Him questions, we want answers, but sometimes we don’t know how. Habakkuk gives us some keys to hearing God’s Voice:
- MEET with the Lord regularly in a special place of prayer: “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart”. I think sometimes we don’t realize the importance of spending time with Him. Yes, church is a good way to worship Him, love Him, and spend time with Him, but we also need a quiet place to spend time with Him by ourselves. He is worth our time, so no matter how busy our schedule is, we’ve got to make time for Him and us. That secret place where it is just you and Him. That’s how we get closer to Him in our relationship. Not just a little prayer throughout the day, but a place where we adore Him, thank Him, ask for forgiveness, ask questions, and etc. We have to be at that place where time with Him is not a want but a NEED. We have to meet up with Him. Find that place with Him like Habakkuk.
- LISTEN for the word of the Lord: “He will say to me.” Sometimes we ask, but we forget He answers. His voice comes in different ways and different forms but the only way to know whether it is His voice or not, is meeting up with Him more! Spending time with Him, like every other relationship, helps you get to know the other and know how that person is. With spending time with Him, you hear His voice more and more clearer. We just have to be still and listen to what He has to say.
- WAIT for God to bring it to pass: “Wait for it; because it will surely come.” Waiting requires patience, and patience can be hard to maintain. Especially when situations come close to desperation or even hit desperation. But we can’t forget He is the all knowing and all understanding God. He knows what is in store. He knows what is going to happen. He knows it all. He also is always right on time. It is time to stop fearing what will happen or that our needs won’t be reached in time, because God is a Good Father. He will provide what we need. We just have to wait patiently, because it will surely come.”
Although there are more things we can learn from the book of Habakkuk, I’ll save that for you on your own time. Family, just remember the bible is not just meant to be read but it is made to be studied and pulled apart. Certain stories or books may not make sense the first time you read, but let that encourage you to dig into it deeper. The WHOLE bible is important. And maybe when we start pulling it apart and digging a little deeper, we’ll find the answer we are looking for (; I hope you enjoyed and maybe learned a little like I have. God bless you!