Brokenhearted But Not Broken

As we have seen the prophet Habakkuk was greatly burdened by all of the corruption and iniquity within his own nation of Judah. He was also concerned and deeply troubled by the rising Babylonian empire that was threatening their safety. The Chaldeans (Babylonians) were ferocious and cruel invaders who God was going to use to discipline and humble Judah not many years from the time of Habakkuk’s writing. Yet, there are two encouraging aspects of the Lord’s actions at this point that we can cling to even today: God did not chastise Habakkuk for his questions that were asked in faith and with respect; and, even more reassuring is the fact that the Lord answered his questions. Secondly, God always carries out his perfect justice at the right time and in the right way.

References: Luke 18:8; Colossians 3:25; Isaiah 30:18; Deut. 32:4; 2 Thes. 1:8-9; Romans 12:19; Romans 3:26.

Key to Habakkuk’s faith-building was the following declaration he made after the Lord answered him—“I will stand on my guard post, and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what he will speak to me…” (Hab. 2:1). This is a declaration of faith, a pledge to wait for the Lord to act and to listen to what more God would say to him. Likewise, we can determine to “station” ourselves to hear the Lord and trust in His plan: