The words of the prophet Habakkuk come from near the end of the seventh century B.C., at a time when the Babylonians were in power. Habakkuk was deeply disturbed by the violence and injustice in the land of Judah, and today’s reading records a prayer-filled conversation between the prophet and the LORD God. He questions why God is so slow to deal with the evil and lawlessness that was taking place.
Today’s Key Verse: Habakkuk 1:12a
LORD, from the very beginning you are God. You are my God, holy and eternal.
According to the Law of Moses, the people of Israel were to treat each other with fairness. Yet many of the Lord’s prophets accused the people and their leaders of being unjust. In verse 2, Habakkuk asks, “O LORD, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence?” Do you ever talk to God about the violence and injustice you see in the world? Are there situations that lay heavy on your heart?
Lord, the violence in our world fills me with frustration, despair, and sadness. Too often I feel powerless against it. Help me see the ways in which I can be a peacemaker in your world. Amen.
Victims of injustice
Habakkuk 2:1-20: The LORD answers Habakkuk.
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