12 LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. 13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? 14 You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler. 15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food. 17 Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy? (Hab. 1:12-17)
Monday, we looked at the first question and response between Habakkuk and the Lord and today we are just going to look at the second question. We see Habakkuk was not satisfied with the Lord’s answer that he goes back to him with the same question. This time in verses 12-13 he talks about the character of the Lord and how he is holy, he is the rock, he has pure eyes. How could the Lord who is all of these things use wicked people to cast judgment on His people? You can read how the prophet is wrestling with who he knows God to be and what is happening on earth. He cannot figure out what God is doing. That is a feeling I am sure we can all relate to.
After asking that question he then goes into a metaphor about how the Babylonians are ruthless warriors in verses 14-16. Israel is like fish in the sea and the Babylonians easily catch the fish and live lives of luxury. They show no mercy and just consume and consume and consume. The prophet ends with a question in verse 17, he asks God if there will be an end to this destruction? Habakkuk wants to know if God will show His people mercy?
In our lives, we all face different circumstances or trials where we feel hopeless. It is important in those moments to take our needs to the Lord. We need to be like the prophet and cry out to him. We must be persistent in going to the Lord. The prophet went multiple times to the Lord. Like I said last time, we may not always get the answer we want but the Lord wants us to be honest with Him. As we continue to go through this letter we will look at what the Lord says again, along with how Habakkuk responds to the Lord’s answer.
Take time today to take your needs before the Lord. Be brutally honest. If you’re sad, tell the Lord you’re sad. If you’re angry or frustrated tell the Lord. He is big enough to take it and He will help us through those times. Seek the Lord today in your life.