The Minor Prophets
Habakkuk: God of the Unexpected
Israel has fallen and Habakkuk ministers in Judah and struggles with the problem of evil in his days.
The structure is simple–Habakkuk complains to God, God answers him, he launches into a second complaint, God replies and then he responds with a song of worship.
We can pour out your heart to God without fear. The Psalmists do that often–1/3 of the Psalms are laments–expressing frustrations, disappointments and even anger towards God.
Time does not work against God. It works against us–we rush for time, we fight against time, we try to beat the clock.
The Babylonians had just defeated the Assyrians, and the Lord is going to use them against Judah.
Even if we do not understand, can we trust Him enough not to put any expectations on Him?
This is the reason why we can trust Him even though we do not fully understand or agree with His ways.
Habakkuk is not trying to be optimistic. The challenges are there, but he is willing to trust God and put his hope in God.