In God We Trust: The Book of Habakkuk by Jonathan McLeod

In God We Trust: The Book of Habakkuk
Jonathan McLeod


Have you ever played the game Frustration? (There is a more popular version of the game called Trouble.) Frustration can be a frustrating game. In order to move your pieces out of the start position, you need to ''pop'' a one or a two. Sometimes you can pop the dice over and over again and never get a one or a two. Meanwhile, everyone else's pieces are quickly moving around the board. In frustration you cry out, ''How much longer until I get a one or a two!'' Then sometimes when you finally do get a one or a two, another player's piece lands on yours sending you back to start. And you complain, ''That's not fair!''

Habakkuk the prophet was a man filled with frustration. In the first two chapters of Habakkuk, the prophet brings two complaints to God (1:2-4; 1:12-2:1). Each time, God answers Habakkuk's complaint (1:5-11; 2:2-20).

• Habakkuk's first complaint: How much LONGER?

O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you ''Violence!'' and you will not save? (1:2).

• God's answer: Trust me. I am working on a plan you can neither SEE nor UNDER-STAND.

''I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told'' (1:5b).

• Habakkuk's second complaint: That's not FAIR!

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (1:13).

• God's answer: Trust me. I KNOW what I'm DOING.

''But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him'' (2:20).

Habakkuk's complaints are childish complaints. Children often complain to their parents: ''How much longer?'' and ''That's not fair!'' But good parents usually know best. And certainly God our Father knows best. We need to ...

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