You Won’t Believe This: Dec 9-13 BRD

The Lord replies to Habakkuk, “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told” (1:5). If someone else were to have told this to Habakkuk, he would never believe it. Habakkuk wanted more than anything for God to act, but he would never have envisioned God acting in this way. It is totally unthinkable. This kind of response from God would never in a million years dawn on the prophet. So what was the Lord getting ready to do that was so hard to believe? God was going to use the most vile and evil people on the planet to bring judgment upon the people of God. Habakkuk had asked for judgment, but not this way. How could God use wicked people to judge wickedness? Shouldn’t the Chaldeans be punished as well? Even more so since they were far more evil? Habakkuk’s reply is just as the Lord anticipated, “God, what’s going on here?” Several things are here for us to learn. First, we will never totally understand God. His ways and thoughts are higher. Second, God is sovereign over the affairs of men and nations. God is going to discipline His children by bringing a nation against them from far away, and it happened just as the Lord said it would. Third, God uses even the wicked to accomplish His good purposes. Fourth, what seemed an injustice to Habakkuk was justice in the end. God would eventually judge Babylon for her wickedness. Let us learn then not to judge the Lord on what we know or see in the present. When His work is finished, it will be good and right!