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Habakkuk 1:1-17, Psalm 13:1-6, Acts 13:40-41
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Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-17, Psalm 13:1-6, Acts 13:40-41
It wasn’t until I was in college studying grammar and literature that I realized something: the word “wait” is an action verb. Something is happening, something is in motion—even when the word itself implies stasis. To wait on someone means to serve them by being actively present, even without words. In Habakkuk 1, waiting abounds. The people of God are waiting for an answer, and God is waiting until the time is right. Neither wait is wrong, still, or without action.
Habakkuk says the law is “paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (1:4, ESV). To God’s people, it feels as though they are stuck in the perpetual motion of law-keeping, not seeing any hope of the future God has promised them. They stand, waiting and begging, imploring the God of the universe to hear and answer and save.
God is also waiting, and His waiting is perfect within His predetermined time. He is not being pushed to any limit, and He is not worried about being too early or too late. He is present, even though He may appear silent. And His waiting is good, even though it may feel punitive to His people.
I’m sure you’re waiting for something today. Just in the time I’ve written these last three paragraphs, three different individuals I know walked up to me here, at the coffee shop where I’m working. Each lamented different things they have begged God to see and act on, yet they feel He has remained silent toward their suffering.
I am waiting for things, too. We are all waiting for something, and it can be very tempting to believe we are the only ones waiting. We can feel paralyzed in the waiting, left feeling that God is either ignorant of our pleas or intentionally avoiding an answer for us. But wait is a verb, and it is not one without action. God is at work in your waiting, and you are at work in it, too. Cry out to Him like Habakkuk, asking:
“How long, LORD, must I call for help
and you do not listen
or cry out to you about violence
and you do not save?” (v.2).
Do not be afraid to bring Him your questions and emotion. God can handle your fear. He is rock solid and unchanging, but He is also acting, right now, on behalf of His children.
Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, and tweets and instagrams at @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.
128 thoughts on "Habakkuk’s Prayers"
6 months into this pandemic and we are all still waiting. But He keeps continually reminding me that He is still in control, still good, and still present. This is still a timely word and just the encouragement I needed!
Such a good word for this time of pandemic. God is not being passive, or refusing to act. He is aware of our suffering, and is actively moving for our good—even in the waiting.
I’m doing this plan at the moment as well, and I agree Abigail! A really timely word that both encourages us to cry out to God in our pain as we see suffering and injustice abound in our world, but also a call to trust that He hears and sees and knows what He’s doing. And it is always for our good and His glory. Waiting is hard, but I think it becomes a little bit easier when we remember the character of our gracious, faithful, compassionate God.
This morning my friends and I were discussing waiting, and how it’s better described as “preparation.” This truth hit home today. Thank you.
Those days when it just speaks to you! Feeling called out in a good way ♥️
This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Currently waiting on some (hopefully) good news and I was getting a bit tired of it. But God has a perfect solution, so I’ll keep waiting in the process.
Were often told to actively wait- kinda an oxymoron realizing that to wait is actually taking action. lord thank you for being a God who not only rejoices when we sing your praises but rejoices when we bring our sorrows, pain, and frustration- even in that we are bringing everything to you so that you may show us your way.
I love this, wait = action verb!
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