The images on television stay with us, and we find ourselves asking, why?
Why is the world so filled with violence, injustice and disaster?
Almost 3000 years ago, the prophet Habakkuk wondered the same thing. He cried out to God:
“Our LORD, how long must I beg for your help before you listen? How long before you save us from all this violence? Why do you make me watch such terrible injustice? Why do you allow violence, lawlessness, crime, and cruelty to spread everywhere? Laws cannot be enforced; justice is always the loser, criminals crowd out honest people and twist the laws around.” (Hab.1: 2-4 CEV).
Does that sound familiar?
God answered Habakkuk. God said,
“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.” (Hab. 1:5 NIV)
Most likely, Habakkuk took that to mean that God was going to turn things around for the better right away. Can you imagine the relief that he felt? But often when we anticipate how God will act, we discover that He has something entirely different in mind. God’s answer to Habakkuk was to allow even more violence and unrest. He let an evil army prosper – for a season – but he promised to destroy them in the end. This certainly was not the solution that Habakkuk wanted, but it was part of God’s plan, His work in progress.
We live in the same world that Habakkuk lived in back in the 7th century BC. Our modern world is different from his, but like Habakkuk’s world ours is one in which “laws cannot be enforced; justice is always the loser, criminals crowd out honest people and twist the laws around.”
Like Habakkuk we ask God: “Why do you allow violence, lawlessness, crime, and cruelty to spread everywhere?”
Some people believe that if there is a God, He has given up on us.
Others think that maybe God is dead.
Atheists are certain that there is no God and bad things are just a part of life.
But as Christians we know that God has a perfect plan for His world.
As children of God, we share the pain caused by violence, injustice and disaster and we hang onto the words of Romans 8:28:
“And we KNOW that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Je suis a child of God.
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