“Lord, I have heard the report about you; Lord, I stand in awe of your deeds. Revive your work in these years; make it known in these years. In your wrath remember mercy!” (Habakkuk 3:2)
When God revealed His plans to Habakkuk, the prophet falls to his knees in the fear and awe of the Lord. “I’ve heard about you, Lord, and it scares me!”
Habakkuk grew up learning the history of his people – stories of protection and provision. He asks God to do what He’s done in the past, but now in his day. And it’s this awe that inspires Habakkuk’s intercession: “In your wrath, remember mercy!” God, you’ve moved time and time again on behalf of this people from your character of mercy and loving-kindness. You’ve delivered your people in the past, do it again.
Habakkuk says: “Lord, I didn’t think you were working. I didn’t think you were doing anything. I didn’t think you cared. But now I see what you are doing – that you’re moving in judgment. And since judgment must come, don’t forget that you are a merciful God!”
Have you ever looked around and asked the same question…wondering if God is doing anything about your situation? Have you ever wondered if God cares? I think we’ve all asked those questions in our lives. All I can suggest you do is to follow Habakkuk’s example: Pray! “I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what he will say…” (Habakkuk 2:1)
God answered Habakkuk. He has answered me. And He will answer your prayers, too!
Remember, the righteous live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). In your situation, trust Him. You’ll be tempted to turn from God. Embrace Him. You’ll be tempted to lean on your own understanding and question His character. Instead, be like the prophet and remind yourself of God’s goodness in your past. And pray!
Join us Sunday and we’ll dig into this passage together!