Patiently Waiting

Habakkuk had asked God to do something about the misbehaving people of Israel and God had promised that he’d send the Babylonians to judge them—which made no sense to the prophet since he knew the Babylonians were far worse and much more deserving of God’s judgment than the Israelites. He couldn’t wrap his head around how God could use greater evil to judge a lesser evil. But he decided he would just trust God, even if it made no sense to do so. He wrote:

I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:16-19)

Sometimes life doesn’t make sense. That’s no reason to give up on God.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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