Tuesday, November 24, 2009
12 O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal— surely you do not plan to wipe us out? O Lord, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us, to punish us for our many sins. 13 But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil. Will you wink at their treachery? Should you be silent while the wicked swallow up people more righteous than they? 14 Are we only fish to be caught and killed? Are we only sea creatures that have no leader? 15 Must we be strung up on their hooks and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate? 16 Then they will worship their nets and burn incense in front of them.
“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!” they will claim. 17 Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?
2 1 I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.
Not liking God's response, Habakkuk decides to respond by reminding God of God's attributes. If saving his people is not worth it, maybe remembering that it reflects on God's character will cause God to act. Sometimes being a witness to Christ is witnessing what God has done to remind God to continue doing.
How often do you remind God of the kind of God God is?
Almighty God, you are the Creator and Sustainer of life. Continue to lift up the lowly and free the oppressed. Make us instruments of your peace. Amen.