But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him. Habakkuk 2:20 NKJV
Habakkuk was troubled in his spirit. He did not understand why God allowed evil to prosper. Habakkuk did not understand why the people of God suffered at the hands of the ungodly. He did not understand why bad things happen to good people.
When Habakkuk complains that the Godly suffer at the hands of the wicked he is not referring to a distant land. He is speaking of his own people and nation. Why would God use an evil nation to punish Israel?
God does not destroy ungodly people because He wants them to turn from wickedness to faith in Jesus.
The term wicked does not necessarily refer to people who do bad things. It applies to people who do not humble themselves before God. It applies to people who do not acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Wicked people deny God’s authority and live as they please!
When the Lord sent Israel into captivity it was with the intention of drawing them back into a loving dependent relationship with Him.
God allows bad things to happen to us so we will realize our need for Jesus. God brings trial and hardship into our lives so we will learn that being good in our own eyes is not enough to earn His love and favor!
Jesus is good. He is for us and not against us. He will never leave us or turn His back on us. God is faithful and true. He will protect us. He will meet our needs. The Lord wants us to prosper in every way!
My life has been a roller coaster ride. I rode the wave up into prosperity and financial blessing. It was exciting. I rode the wave down into failure and hardship. I am reminded of why I do not ride roller coasters.
I am grateful trials and hardship rolled into my life. I did not enjoy it. Jesus did bring me to a place of greater dependence on Him. The Lord showed Himself faithful and true in ways I could have never experienced in times of plenty and ease.
If you are in a season of trial and testing be thankful. God is in His Holy Temple. He has not forgotten you. He has not abandoned you. He wants to draw you closer to Jesus!
Jesus is doing a work in your life. When God has brought you to a place of greater intimacy and dependence on Him you will be blessed. God will be glorified.
Trust Jesus to turn your trails into victories and hardship into blessings!
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