Be Utterly Amazed
Today’s scripture selection: Habakkuk
Key verses: Habakkuk 1:5
The Old Testament book called Habakkuk is unusual.
It’s about a prophet by that name. But, instead of there being a lot of prophetic saying in the book, there is more of a dialogue; a question/answer session. And who has that dialogue? The dialogue takes places between Habakkuk and God.
It begins with the prophet’s question to God: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?”
Have you ever asked God such a question? I know that I have.
It’s interesting how God answers.
He answers, at least at first, by saying something that probably confused Habakkuk even more:
“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.”
Again…ever been in that position? I know that I have.
Sometimes God is at work in our lives in powerful, confusing, perhaps even frightening ways. But, after it has happened, we can look back and it all makes sense.
In Habakkuk’s day that had to do with using a powerful nation in an unexpected way.
In our day – who knows what God has in mind?
But of one thing we can be sure. God will work out His purposes in the right way; at the right time; for the right reasons.
It may not always make sense to us. It may not seem like the answer to prayer. But somehow, it will be right. And only later will we understand. Only later will we be “utterly amazed.”
Prayer: Lord, in the times when your action – or seeming lack of it – confuses me; give me faith to follow in trust. AMEN.