November 20, 1983
If we are in the midst of suffering, watching injustice in our world, we can’t help but ask: How long will our Lord permit this to happen? In this message, Alistair Begg leads us alongside the prophet Habakkuk, who brought his complaints to the Lord, then awaited answers from the God he trusted. As Scripture makes clear, we are in good company with Habakkuk, and even with Jesus’ disciples, in struggling with such fears and questions.
5“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.
6For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
7They are dreaded and fearsome;
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9They all come for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
10At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
11Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
12Are you not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment,
and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
13You who are of purer eyes than to see evil
and cannot look at wrong,
why do you idly look at traitors
and remain silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
14You make mankind like the fish of the sea,
like crawling things that have no ruler.
15He1 brings all of them up with a hook;
he drags them out with his net;
he gathers them in his dragnet;
so he rejoices and is glad.
16Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and makes offerings to his dragnet;
for by them he lives in luxury,2
and his food is rich.
17Is he then to keep on emptying his net
and mercilessly killing nations forever?
1I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
Copyright © 2023, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.