The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
4 So the law is paralysed, and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
The prophet Habakkuk is confused. He lives among God’s chosen people and yet society seems so out of control. Evil is reigning and no one is following after God. Even worse, it seems that God knows what’s going on and yet he doesn’t even act. Does God even care?
Just like the prophet Habakkuk, it’s OK to let God know your questions, your frustrations and your feelings. God is not surprised by our emotions. God, our heavenly Father, wants to have a relationship with his children. And in this relationship we find the difference between asking God questions and questioning him in a sinful way. Notice in verses 2 and 3, Habakkuk directs his questions to God. He’s not talking about God. He’s not questioning God theoretically.
Habakkuk is speaking to God.
As a father, I’ve always known that one of the key components of being a good parent is keeping the communication going both ways. When the communication stops or becomes one way – major problems are at hand. I haven’t always been great at this but my desire is to have a home where my children feel loved enough to express themselves with their full range of emotions. This can be done with raw emotion and yet without disrespect. In the same way, we can come to our Heavenly Father expressing the depth of our emotions and still do it in a way that is not sinful.
When times are difficult. When you see injustice close at hand. When you feel overwhelmed with your circumstances. When life just doesn’t seem fair. Don’t ignore God. Don’t talk about God. Talk to your Father in heaven. Pour our your heart. Bring your questions to God.
He does listen. He does care. He is at work. But not always in the way we would like (but that’s another post).