God’s Answer

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

The book of Habakkuk starts with a complaint about what is wrong in the world.  It represents the lament of God’s people that justice is seemingly perverted and never prevails.  In chapter 2, God gives an answer to this complaint.  God promises a vision for this world (2:2), but it is a promised vision that “awaits an appointed time” (2:3).  It requires of those who receive God’s answer to “linger” and “wait for it” (2:3).  We are not good at waiting for answers.  We live in a culture that does not tolerate such inefficiency.  And yet, waiting on the Lord is a core Christian posture.  And while we wait, we have the gift of faith.  Faith is what makes it possible to wait.  The righteous will live by his faith, says 2:4.  Trusting God as a trustworthy God, and looking at the world in the light of God’s promised vision for the world is not easy, but it is the way of Christian living.

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