Shared by a dear friend
When I married, I thought I would have children immediately. That did not happen, and the pain of infertility brought me to my knees. I often cried out to God, “How long” I knew God could change my circumstances. Why hasn’t he?
Are you waiting on God? Are you asking, How long, Lord before I receive healing to my hurting body? Before I am no longer in debt? Before laughter and healing comes to my home?
The prophet Habakkuk was well acquainted with that feeling. In the seventh century bc, he cried out to the Lord: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence’ but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing” (Hab.1:2-3).
He prayed for a long time, struggling to reconcile how a just and powerful God could allow wickedness, injustice and corruption to continue in Judah. As far as Habakkuk was concerned, God should have already intervened. Why was God doing nothing?
There are days when we too give into despair …feeling as if God is doing nothing. Like Habakkuk, we have continuously asked God, “How Long?” However, God answered Habakkuk and said.. “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Hab 2:3b).
God hears to our cries and in His time, an answer comes forth. Let us not tire, but continue to call upon God and trust in his ability to handle our issues.
Like Habakkuk, may we say unto the Lord God “ Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Hab. 3:2).