Is This My Father’s World?
Where is God? What is He doing in the world? Does He care about what is going on? These questions come naturally to people living in a world where injustice seems to be the rule rather than the exception. In times of disorientation, we may ask, “Is this really my Father’s world?”
However, many Christians shy away from asking these questions. We may fear provoking God, be concerned about the opinions of others, or simply not know what, if any, answer we may find. As a result, we often struggle to answer the question: “How can I live well in this broken world? What does God expect from me?”
Habakkuk was a prophet who was likewise concerned about the injustice he saw. In the world he saw, the real world, there were no easy answers to the ongoing realities of injustice, corruption, exploitation, and suffering. In this context, Habakkuk asked hard questions, confident that God would hear and respond graciously. He modeled what it looks like to ask the questions we fear and to be vulnerable before God. He was not afraid to ask, and he was not afraid to listen.
Famously, God tells Habakkuk that “but the righteous shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). While we may continue to wonder about the details of God’s plans, we can be confident of his intentions. God will accomplish several goals that we can scarcely imagine: showing his glory in the world, ending injustice, and caring for his people. God’s purposes may be difficult to see, but we do live in our Father’s world. We can trust him.
Join us as we follow Habakkuk’s dialogue with God learn how to live in the real world.
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