Why do you force me to look at evil, stare trouble in the face day after day?"
Habakkuk 1: 1-3a CEV
Look and be amazed at what’s happening among the nations! Even if you were told, you would never believe
what’s taking place now.
Habakkuk 1: 5 CEV
Just in case you change your mind, I'm going to hang around for a while. I'd sure like to hear your Plan B, Lord.
For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3 RSV
12 “Look at them! They kill people to build their city and do wicked things to make their walled city strong. 13 But the Lord All-Powerful has decided that a fire will destroy everything that those people worked to build. All their work will be for nothing. 14 Then people everywhere will know about the Glory of the Lord. This news will spread just as water spreads out into the sea.
Habakkuk 2: 12 - 14 ERV
"17 Figs might not grow on the fig trees, and grapes might not grow on the vines. Olives might not grow on the olive trees, and food might not grow in the fields. There might not be any sheep in the pens or cattle in the barns. 18 But I will still be glad in the Lord and rejoice in God my Savior. 19 The Lord God gives me my strength. He helps me run fast like a deer. He leads me safely on the mountains."
Habakkuk 3: 17 - 19 ERV
has happened before; nothing is new, nothing under the sun."
Perhaps our greatest challenge, like Habakkuk, is to relax and take comfort in knowing and speaking out of our mouths that God's large and in charge.
I pray, Dear Reader, when the media blasts you with the absurd, the insane, or obscene, you will hold onto the "the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.." (Phillipians 4:7 RSV)