Doesn’t matter where do you live!
“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.”
Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT
Living in the city that in 2013 was ranked as the fourth most violent city in the world; it is easy to understand the hopelessness in the tone of the questions that Habakkuk did to God.
The context in which the prophet lived, was very similar to our reality today; violence, evil, misery and destruction is seen everywhere, and people just waiting for a chance to argue and fight.
The law gives the impression of being stagnant and justice doesn’t prevail in court but corruption, and evil seem to be more and more every day. And often gives us the impression that as much as we supplicate or we humble ourselves, God not listen us or come to save us.
However, even in the midst of all this chaos, the faith of Habakkuk was not faint, he continued praising and rejoicing in God.
Is easy to be faithful to the Lord when we have justice, peace and prosperity, but Habakkuk teaches us that our faithfulness and commitment to God does not depend on circumstances or the blessings that we receive, but is based on knowing and being in communion with the God whom we serve.
© David García Licona – February 2014