Rhythms of Faith When God is Silent

Brandon Rogers January 28, 2018 Habakkuk

Habakkuk 1:1–11

[1] The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

[2] O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
[3] Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
[4] So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.

The LORD’s Answer

[5] “Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
[6] For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
[7] They are dreaded and fearsome;
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
[8] Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
[9] They all come for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
[10] At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
[11] Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
guilty men, whose own might is their god!” (ESV)