Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was relaxing and fun! Today we are going to continue in our study of Habakkuk by looking further into Habakkuk’s second complaint. Let me remind you of some of the background of the text.
The Chaldeans were rising up against the people of Judah. The Chaldeans were wicked and symbolic of the enemy. Judah was part of God’s chosen people. The setting depicts the destruction of Judah by the Chaldeans.
Let’s continue on with our reading:
Habakkuk 1:14-17 NLT “Are we only fish to be caught and killed? Are we only sea creatures that have no leader? Must we be strung up on their hooks and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate? Then they will worship their nets and burn incense in front of them. “These nets are the gods who have made us rich!” they will claim. Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?”
I’ve recently gone through a season that feels a lot like what Habakkuk is saying. Just today I find myself relating hard to his words. “Must we be strung up on their hooks and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?”
Sometimes life seems unfair.
The very people that have caused us deep pain seem to be thriving and winning the victory while we seem to be caught like a floundering fish.. just trying to get out of the net and back into the living water.
All the while, the people who put us in the net in the first place are celebrating and rejoicing in their success at our expense.. They begin to rejoice in their victory… but they proclaim that they themselves are how they got their fortune and fame. Their net is what has caused them to succeed. And we are left sitting in the net… a small fish in the big scheme of it all. Feeling all of the weight… all of the pain… and as small as we look to the outside world.
Habakkuk says will you let them get away with this forever?? Have you asked yourself that question lately? I know that I have…
We see that the enemy is winning.. Why is he getting away with this? Will they succeed in their heartless games forever???
It seems hopeless.. We feel small and useless… A fish caught in their net…
It isn’t hopeless though. For Habakkuk it felt as if this battle would last forever… that the freedom and promises would never come to fruition.. in this season of my life I have felt the same… maybe you have too!
Today we can be encouraged by 2 Peter 3:8-9…
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
In the middle of the fight that seems to never end.. we can hold fast to the promise that God isn’t slow in fulfilling his promises. If you are still in the middle of the battle, there is hope to be found in the middle.. Ask the Lord to show you what the purpose is.. Ask him what he wants to teach you in the middle of it..
During Habakkuk’s season the people of Judah had been in a season of fear, oppression, persecution, lawlessness, and immorality. God was using the Chaldean’s attack to bring them close to himself. Let God use this season in your life to bring you close.. to hold you near.. and to speak promises to you in a new and fresh way.