Habakkuk 2:14 & 20
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
In all of this crime, hatred, perversion, rape, murder, and heartache, where is God? Does He not care? Why do things seem to be getting worse instead of better? If these are your thoughts, rest assured that you are not the only mere mortal to attempt to call the only wise God, immortal and invisible, onto the carpet.
Habakkuk tells us that he looked around and saw what he perceived to be chaos in his day. In chapter one he cries out, “ O LORD how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear?” To which God responds by telling him that things will get worse and that Habakkuk wouldn’t believe what God was up to even if he were told!
Here’s the gospel truth… God isn’t going to explain Himself to you and me. There is no way for Him to dumb it all down enough for us to understand it. Jesus speaks in the gospels and tells us that He has things to tell us but we are unable to bear them. And Paul tells us that His thoughts are as high above our thoughts as the heavens are above the earth.
God is not going to limit Himself to what we can understand. Even the simplest of things that God knows, we cannot understand. It would be like trying to teach physics to an amoeba. So, just remember, because it doesn’t make sense to us doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense!
Habakkuk listens to God, still doesn’t understand it all, but gives God praise anyway. His circumstances have not changed but he gives God praise. If we are going to wait for the subtraction of problems in our lives before we begin to praise, we’ll never start. Our praise cannot come from the subtraction of problems it comes from the addition of His power to meet them.
God has given us His word on some wonderful and exceedingly great promises. We, dear saint, are not to live by explanation but by promises. So get you a handful of promises and never, ever let go, church! Keep looking up!