Habakkuk 1...Oh Lord how long shall I cry and thou wilt not hear?
The country has fallen to the depths of violent treatment of its citizens, oppressive measures against the poor are being used and the collapse of the legal system has the country in a mess.
Men are in control and evil men at that, acting like you would expect without God's restraint. See if these words ring in your ears, iniquity, grivance, spoiling, violence, strife, contention, law is slacked, judgement never goes forth, wicked is all around the righteous and wrong judgement is everywhere.
No, this isn't the United States, it is Judah during the life of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. The book titled after this prophet gives the account of a spiritual journey telling of one man's pilgrimage from doubt to worship. He questions God just as you and I do sometimes with his why am I forced to see this chaos? But Habakkuk reminds us it is okay to question God.
With everything currently going on in our country, if you don't ask why, you might want to check your pulse to see if you are still with us. Your why will find it's ultimate answer in God and yes, He will answer your why. You may not like His answer but He will answer you.
God already knew about his issues and like He does with us, answers him restablishing the vital component we all have to realize, God is in control, don't lose faith in Him because your doubt will become your Praise in the God who never let's His people down.
In our today and the issues we are having to deal with, if we like Habakkuk come to God honestly we will discover like him when the Lord answer's it will be profound. Chapter 2:2 KVJ God tell's him to Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it. 3...For the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Leaders are supposed to be visionary, they are supposed to have a vision to give to the people because the Bible say's in Proverbs 29:18...without a vision, people will perish KJV. The presence of a GOD centered vision will bring hope to people when they are told about it.
God tells Habakkuk, the vision first must be written, it must be clear so make it plain, it must be motivating to those who read it and it must be received with patience. This also must be a leader who recognizes he or she need's God in their life as their true advisor. Great Biblical leader's had and today's leader's must have that relationship with our Heavenly Father to become a leader with respect and authority.
God then gives Habakkuk a series of woe's in chapter 2:9...Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil. 2:12...Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood and stablisheth a city of iniquity. 2:15...Woe to drunkards giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and nakest him druken also that thou mayest look on their nakedness and 2:18...Woe unto him idolaters that saith to wood, AWAKE, to the dumb stone, ARISE it shall teach. Behold it is laid over with gold and silver and there is no breath in it. These are foolish and foolishness to those who toy with them.
Habakkuk remembers the reality of just who His God is, how mighty He is and desribes to Him just how awesome His God is just like we do after hanging around the pity party mindset. He tell's God 3:10...The mountains saw thee and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high.
And confesses in 3:17...Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neith shall the fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cutoff from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls. 18...Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the GOD od my salvation. 19...The Lord GOD is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds feet: and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Thank You Lord for Your Word.