Blogging with Habakkuk (11) – Is God Fair?

(Part 11 in a series of posts on Habakkuk.)

Habakkuk 2:1

Last time we looked at Habakkuk’s second question, found in 1:12-17, “Is God fair?” So what is Habakkuk going to do with his question this time? I love the way Habakkuk deals with his questions and doubts. When Habakkuk struggled with doubt, he did not walk away from God, but he brought his questions and doubts to God. And so after voicing this complaint to God, look at what Habakkuk does next.

Habakkuk 2:1 – I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. (NIV)

Habakkuk stubbornly clings to God even in the midst of his doubts. Habakkuk 2:1 is the Old Testament equivalent of Mark 9:24: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Habakkuk takes his stand upon the watchtower; he stations himself on the ramparts; he looks for God’s answer.

This is something we all need to learn to do. When you have questions or doubts, bring them to God. Take your stand, dig yourself in, station yourself for the long run, and wait upon the Lord. God will answer your questions in his time. Now God may not settle some of your questions until you reach heaven. But he will always give you himself, and he will always give you the faith to carry on. Habakkuk takes his stand on the watchtower, and looks for God’s answer.

(Looking ahead: Next time we will look at God’s answer in 2:2-5.)

Here are the links to the whole Blogging with Habakkuk series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

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