Habakkuk 1:1-2:1: Does God Care About Injustice?
What if you cried out to God about the injustices in our world—the terrorism and trouble in various places—and God responded: "I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe. I'm raising up the nation you most distrust to sweep across the whole earth and seize dwelling places not their own." In this passage, Habakkuk gets that kind of message from God. Habakkuk had viewed Babylonia (modern-day Iraq) as the incarnation of evil. He was not prepared, therefore, when God announced he would use the Babylonians to judge his nation.
Warming Up to God
What injustices in your own life and in world news are on your mind as you begin this quiet time?
Discovering the Word
- What is Habakkuk's cry and complaint (vv. 2-4)?
- What is amazing about the Lord's answer (vv. 5-11)?
- How would you feel if you were in Habakkuk's shoes?
- How does Habakkuk respond to God's answer (1:12—2:1)?
Applying the Word
- Do you ever feel like God doesn't care about the injustice in your life or in the world around you? Explain.
- What can you learn from Habakkuk's relationship with God?
Responding in Prayer
Follow Habakkuk's model and talk openly with God about the injustices you see.