The last verse we read was the beginning of God’s reply to Habakkuk. Let’s refresh our memory:
Habakkuk 1:5 ESV
“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.”
This verse encourages me. It inspires me to keep my eyes open, to look outside of myself, and to wait expectantly on what the Lord is doing. It gives me hope.
The next two verses aren’t so warm and fuzzy. Today’s post is harder to write. The verses for today are harder to digest. They leave me asking, “Wait, What?” and “How is this right?”
Let’s look at them together… You might think the same thing.
Habakkuk 1:6-7 ESV
“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.”
The NIV says “I am raising up the Babylonians,that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.”
In the verse before God tells Habakkuk to watch.. to be amazed.. that he is doing a work he wouldn’t believe.
And then he says I’m raising up a bitter, hasty, ruthless, and impetuous people…. They sweep across the earth and seize dwellings not their own. They only want to promote themselves. Doesn’t that just warm your heart??
Sometimes God allows hard things to come against us, not to break us but to bring us back to him. Judah wasn’t in a great state during this time. They weren’t remembering God and were wandering in their mess. They had rejected God and were greatly oppressed. God knew that it would take something coming against them, to bring them back to him.
Painful seasons of our lives are hard… confusing.. they make no sense.. But they do bring us close to God, because we know He is our only hope. When the enemy is closing in and coming against all that we hold dear, we run into the hands of the Father and we draw new strength. We see him in a new way. Habakkuk didn’t understand.. We don’t understand.. but God does. He sees the whole book, he is drawing us back to himself. He is a jealous God and he is coming to rescue his people.
Today repent of any areas that you have been rejecting and turning from God. Ask him to draw you in. Ask him to remind you that even though you sometimes feel crushed, you will not be destroyed.
Leave a comment below about your struggle. What is God teaching you?