I Will Rejoice!

References: Habakkuk 3

Have you ever asked God why there is suffering and injustice in the world? The Old Testament prophet, Habakkuk, did just that. Living some 600 years before the birth of Christ, Habakkuk looked on the evil and disobedience of Israel and asked God two questions: why did God tolerate evil and how long would it continue unpunished? God's answer to Habakkuk shocked the prophet: God would punish His people's sin by using pagan Babylon: a nation more evil than the Israelites: to destroy and take Israel captive. God's unexpected and mighty response moved the prophet to awe. As we face our own difficult questions about the evil, chaos, disease and sin in the world around us, the book of Habakkuk reminds us that the ways of God are not simple. But God is still powerfully in control, and, while we might not understand His answers, He always acts to accomplish His eternal — and perfect — purposes.

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