That's a hard passage to take, though it is a very common one and can make some realize that they are not alone if they have serious problems. It is nothing new. Habakkuk is not stating a fact. It just seems to him and many others that the Lord seems too busy to answer us -- right now! Maybe his computer has crashed! As I always say, look at the news every day and you can imagine many people on earth shouting out Habakkuk's prayer. They see violence and injustice, strife and conflict every day all over the world.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.