I wish God would explain Himself.
If only I could understand.
I just want things to change.
During difficult seasons of life, many of us wrestle with similar thoughts as we search for clarity and relief.
The prophet Habakkuk’s response to his struggles wasn’t any different. He went back and forth with God, accusing the Almighty of idleness and begging for answers. His distress is evident in the opening verses of the book that bears his name.
Because God’s ways are higher than ours, trying to figure it all out is an exercise in futility. The alternative, as God told Habakkuk, is to walk by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). To put one foot in front of the other, trusting God to be true to His Word every step of the way.
Yesterday morning I thought about how difficult it is to trust God. How challenging it is to believe His Word when there’s so much we don’t understand. There’s nothing harder than this, I concluded.
But then I considered the other option – not trusting Him. Taking matters into our own hands, leaning on our own understanding, ignoring His promises. When I considered the implications, I changed my mind. Actually, this is harder.
Walking by faith will stretch us, but living in unbelief will crush us. Faith brings with it hope and joy. Taking God at His Word infuses our days with holy confidence as we learn to expect His faithfulness. But if we eliminate faith, then hope, joy, and assurance will all come crashing down too.
Habakkuk responded to the brokenness in and around him by walking the difficult path of faith. And the belief in his heart put a song in his mouth: “I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18).
If we follow him down that path, I bet we’ll catch on to his tune.