Dec 16, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 20

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”
John 11:25

Let’s meet Habakkuk

While we were reading today’s scripture for our Jesse tree, I can’t help but notice the many similarities of Habakkuk to the modern men.  It is as if Habakkuk is living at the present time.

In Habakkuk Chapter 1, Habakkuk asked the Lord:

2 How long, LORD, must I call for help,
   but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
   but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
   Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
   there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
   and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
   so that justice is perverted.

Many times, people feel that injustice prevails in the world.  Just like Habakkuk, we cannot understand why the evil people seems to be getting away with the wicked things that they do and still have everything they wanted and those that live a righteous life continue to suffer.  Is life really that unfair? 

In response to Habakkuk’s complaint, God said:

 5 “Look at the nations and watch—
   and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
   that you would not believe,
   even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians,[a]
   that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
   to seize dwellings not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
   they are a law to themselves
   and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
   fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
   their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
 9 they all come intent on violence.
Their hordes[b] advance like a desert wind
   and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings
   and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
   by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

God knows what is happening.  He will take care of everything in His own time; He will judge everyone according to what has been done. Although God will not tolerate any wrongdoing, we should remember that God is also forgiving. We just have to welcome Him in our hearts and live by faith.

Lord, let my faith be strong as Habakkuk ‘s as written in Habakkuk 3:17

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.

Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
the son of man who holds to it;
Who keeps the sabbath free from profanation,
and his hand from any evildoing.
Let not the foreigner say,
when he would join himself to the LORD,
"The LORD will surely exclude me from his people."
Isaiah 56:1-3