The Lord's Answer
“Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
They are dreaded and fearsome;
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
They all come for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
Here are we are seeing God's response to Habakkuk's complaint from yesterday. Habakkuk complains that there is nothing but evil around him and yet he (and we) wait for God's justice. A valid complaint no? Looking at the state of affairs when this was written and today, evil seems rampant and in control.
But God's response is pretty interesting. He has a plan. A plan Habakkuk would not believe if told. A plan to punish evil by using and evil people. Seems odd? It shows that God uses all for his purpose. God here is telling Habakkuk about using and evil people to smite an evil people.
Can we accept that? Can we accept that God's plan is many times, simply too much for us to grasp? Can we accept God's purpose in evil? That's a pretty heavy thing to consider. A quote from a very wise man (mine): "If we assert that evil is not from God, then not only do we make God less-than, but we also make evil meaningless and so we are right to feel hopeless in our trials with said evil."
But where does that leave us in our complaints like Habakkuk? Our valid lamenting against the evils of this world, and overwhelming sadness at seeing them committed?
We have faith in: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God whom has made numerous promises of our salvation and numerous promises to see justice done against those who are not for Him. The same God who became flesh to die on the cross for our sins. Our faith isn't blind, but is faith that is grounded in the promises of the Word, and the works He's done for us and in us.
We certainly aren't to accept or ignore the evil around us. We are to be salt and light, spreading the Gospel and sharing the hope within us to all those who are trapped in the dark of evil. But we also have to accept, that in the end, God is God, and His will is His will. We must do our best to be servants and ambassadors of that will, all while accepting that His plan may be something we don't expect.