I worked with EvanTell the past 4 years to help produce The Evangelism Study Bible (released this fall) and with EvanTell’s permission I am sharing a training article taken from Habakkuk.
How to Respond to Those Who Say, “Why Does God Allow so much Injustice?”
We are not the first, and we won’t be the last. Habakkuk struggled with what everyone does at times, Christians and non-Christians alike. His struggle was basically twofold: “Why don’t you hear and why don’t you do something?” He wanted to know how long sin and injustice would abound while God seemed indifferent.
How do we respond when non-Christians ask a similar question: “Why is there so much injustice in the world?” They want to know why God doesn’t do something if He’s all-powerful and all-good. Read more
Habakkuk stands out as a man of great faith. He knew there would come a time when all would be made right (God told him so), but today was not that day. And though none of his external circumstances had changed, he still testifies of his faith with boldness.
In the Old Testament, God’s covenant with his people dictated that obedience resulted in a fruitful land, while disobedience produced a cursed land. Read more
In my last post, I talked about how Habakkuk struggled with difficult questions and waited on the Lord for answer. We’ll see that God’s answer might not be quite what we’d expect.
Habakkuk 2:4 reads, “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”
Those who perpetrated injustices (in this case the Babylonians) were filled with pride, but in a marked contrast the righteous lived by faithfulness. Read more
Part of the reason I went to Bible school was to grow in my love and knowledge of God. Part of the reason I decided to go on to seminary was to get more answers. But, to be honest, though seminary provided some answers, it also produced more questions.
Habakkuk shows us what it’s like to wrestle with God over difficult questions and how to express our sorrow in worshipful lament. Read more
If you’ve never read Habakkuk (or its been awhile), I encourage you to sit down sometime this week and read through the words of this short treasure of wisdom and hope buried near the end of the Old Testament.
Most of the prophetic books just record the prophets speaking God’s words to Israel, but here we get an intimate look into a personal conversation between God and his servant Habakkuk.
Habakkuk experienced gut-wrenching pain as he observed the injustices and sinful behavior around him, most likely being perpetuated by his own people, the nation of Israel. His questions are not unlike many we have today, such as: (1) Why does God allow injustice? (2) Why is evil not punished? and (3) What will God do about it?
He took his concerns to the Lord only to find out that his people would be punished by a far more wicked group: the Babylonians.
Three things stand out about Habakkuk’s story:
- He waits on the Lord — “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me,and what I will answer concerning my complaint” (Hab. 2:1).
- God informs Habakkuk that the just will live by faith—“The righteous (just) shall live by faith” (Hab. 2:4).
- Habakkuk renews his trust in the Lord—“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places” (Hab. 3:13–19).
The next few days, we’ll take a look at each of these three parts and the truths from the corresponding verses.