“How long, O Lord, must I call for help?”
This is the opening line of the book of Habakkuk.
Written in the mid-to-late 7th century, the Bible’s Old Testament book Habakkuk is written by the prophet Habakkuk, of whom we have little information.
But, what an intense opening line!
Habakkuk is a man who believed in God. He trusted God. He was devoted to God. Yet, he still questioned. He questioned where God was and why He hadn’t shown up in a time of need. He wondered where God could be.
Have you ever wondered?
Have you ever questioned where God might be or why God hasn’t answered that prayer?
I think we all have. I think it is normal.
Habakkuk then engaged in a conversation with God. It is a must read!
Then, he finishes out his book with the following two sentences:
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”
You see, Habakkuk is willing to admit he doesn’t fully understand where God is and why He hasn’t answered his prayers. But that does not shake him. His faith is not dependent upon his questionings. God does not get nervous when we question Him.
Habakkuk’s faith is still strong and his confidence is still in the Lord. The Lord is still his strength! The Lord has made his footing sure!
Today, you may have questions similar to Habakkuk’s. You may wonder why God hasn’t answered those prayers. You may wonder why God seems silent. You may wonder why God didn’t come through for you when you asked Him to.
It’s perfectly normal to wonder…to question. Be okay that you have those questions. It doesn’t mean you have lost faith.
Know that even in the midst of your questions that the Lord is still your strength. The Lord is still making your footing sure. His silence doesn’t equate to His absence.
You may feel like He isn’t there, but He is.