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Daily Devotional: Saturday 7th March

by William Moody

Habakkuk 1:12–2:1

Habakkuk's Second Complaint

12   Are you not from everlasting,
    O LORD my God, my Holy One?
    We shall not die.
  O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment,
    and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
13   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?
14   You make mankind like the fish of the sea,
    like crawling things that have no ruler.
15   He1 brings all of them up with a hook;
    he drags them out with his net;
  he gathers them in his dragnet;
    so he rejoices and is glad.
16   Therefore he sacrifices to his net
    and makes offerings to his dragnet;
  for by them he lives in luxury,2
    and his food is rich.
17   Is he then to keep on emptying his net
    and mercilessly killing nations forever?
2:1   I will take my stand at my watchpost
    and station myself on the tower,
  and look out to see what he will say to me,
    and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

Footnotes

[1] 1:15 That is, the wicked foe
[2] 1:16 Hebrew his portion is fat

(ESV)

In Habakkuk 1 v1-4 we saw Habakkuk’s first complaint about the evil that was so prevalent in the land of Judah. God’s response (v5-11) to raise up the wicked Chaldeans to bring judgment on Judah was shocking to Habakkuk. This leads to Habakkuk’s second complaint (1v12-2v1)

In what was really a prayer Habakkuk focuses on God’s greatness (v12-13). He speaks of God’s eternal nature (v12a). As he considers God, Habakkuk’s main focus is on God’s holiness, purity and righteous judgment (v12-13).

As Habakkuk considers what he knows about God and then the evil that seems to be succeeding around him, he brings the apparent contradiction to God (v13). But then he focuses on what he sees as the greater wickedness of the Babylonians (v14-17), his dilemma about God’s holy nature and what happens in this evil world, gets greater.

The challenge that Habakkuk faced, comes to us as well, how can we still have faith in a sovereign, pure and loving God, when we see evil so active around us? The only answer is what Habakkuk does, to wait on God (2v1). We can only continue a life of faith in this evil world through knowing God.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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