I know I’ve mentioned this before, today, being Wednesday, is the day that the babies are delivered by dismemberment in Germantown and I was so grieved for the lives of these children today. I have no idea how many children died in Germantown this week, but just one is too many. This morning was very different for me, something I’m generally not used to doing. The Lord had me keep a silent vigil this morning in honor of those who died today. I didn’t pray anything this morning, I just was there in silence and after about a half an hour I decided to read the scripture. I felt impressed to read the book of Habakkuk, which is probably not one of those books that is read so frequently or that one would just of think of reading as I did this morning. But, as is so true with the Lord, it was the right book to read today. The book only has three chapters, so it’s a quick read. Habakkuk’s name means to wrestle with or embrace as in a particularly bothersome issue, i.e. ABORTION. The prophet attempts to explore the issues of why God has allowed evil.
A study by Hampton Keathley at Bible.org does a good job of looking at the book of Habakkuk and explaining the idea of questioning God or wrestling with God over the evil and injustice seen in the world and why this okay to do. But more than that, this book is about faithfulness. It is about the faithfulness of God to redeem His people and bring justice where there is evil and it is about the rewards we receive for being a faithful people. I must remember to remain faithful to that which God has called me and recognize His sovereignty. I must also realize that the answers I want may not come when I want them or in the way I want. It is important to remember that God does not condone evil and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven! By the end of the book Habakkuk was able to see this and proclaim praises to God.
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.