Weekly Devotion – September 30

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

Habakkuk could be writing this today instead of 2600 years ago. He could have written it at any period of time in between, for that matter. The people of God who wait for his deliverance have always wondered about God’s sense of timing. The more difficult the circumstances, the louder the lament how long? Evil and injustice, suffering and injustice run rampant. Personal suffering, the struggles of growing older or dealing with persistent or terminal illness – all of these things turn our eyes towards God to ask of him how long?

We are not privy to the plans of God. We remain his creations, and despite our fall into sin in search of being more like God, we remain his creations. Job was not given an answer to his questions, but rather called to remember who he was as a creation rather than God.

What can we say, then? Is there a response to the question how long?

Scripture calls us to trust God. God knows what He is doing, as well as why, how and when He will do it. He has an overarching plan He is executing through all of creation. One day we will hopefully be better able too perceive and appreciate that plan. But here and now we are called to faith and trust in him. 2 Peter 3:8-9 reminds us that one reason why God waits is so everyone might have a chance to be brought back to him in faith. God’s people need never doubt God’s good intentions, as Jeremiah 29:11-12 reminds us. And Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us that our efforts to second-guess God are ultimately misguided and dangerous.

Jesus tells us to watch and wait (Mark 13:32-37). In the meantime, we have things to do – loving God and loving our neighbor. When we busy ourselves with these things – in praise, worship, prayer, and acts of love and service – we have less time to be preoccupied with the negative and evil things in the world. Instead, by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, we can be moments of relief in the midst of suffering as we touch the lives of others with the love of God in Jesus Christ.

How long? The exact, perfect, complete amount of time. Nothing less, nothing more. And we are called in faith to say this is a good thing!

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