When God Is ‘Silent’

Daily Devotion|Day 242

“You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a man more righteous than he?” (Habakkuk 1:13, NKJV).

 Have you ever had a complaint against God? Have you been in a situation where you found it difficult to reconcile the goodness of God with what was happening? Perhaps at some point you’ve felt frustrated at God’s apparent silence when you needed answers. Whatever the feeling was, you are not the first person to feel that way. And you probably won’t be the last. In the Bible you will find a few men of God who were frustrated, too. Everyone had his reasons. But a common thread is, “If God is who He is, then why doesn’t He do something about this or that situation? Today, it’s Habakkuk’s turn.

Habakkuk witnessed widespread wickedness in his day. He begins his complaint by affirming the holiness and justice of God. First, he recalls that God’s eyes are pure. Being pure, these eyes cannot look on wickedness. Of this, Habakkuk is sure. What baffles him, however, is God’s apparent indifference (or silence) in the face of increasing violence. Listen to his complaint: “Why do you look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a man more righteous than he?” These are the words of a man desperate to see justice. Habakkuk wants God to do something about the situation, now. But the Lord seems silent; He looks on as the wicked roam freely.

God is not mad if you take your complaint to Him in prayer. He is your Father. Whatever troubles you, He wants to hear it from you. He will answer you and enlighten you about what is happening. Our problem is, oftentimes we want God to do things our wayaccording to our timetable. We see wicked people, and we want ‘instant’ justice and divine retribution. We hardly pray for their repentance. Yet, no one feels the pain of injustice more than the Lord.

When we are going through a situation similar to Habakkuk’s, we need to remember two things. First, there is a time for everything. There is an appointed time for all who commit injustice. That time may not meet our expectations, but no matter how long it takes, justice and goodness will prevail. Second, God does not want people to die in their sins (Ezekiel 33:11). He gives people time to amend their ways and be saved (2 Peter 3:8-9). The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 103:8). He is extremely patient, more patient than we are. And that can be frustrating for us.

God knows about your pain and your frustration. Be calm and know that He is in control. Finally, find it in your heart to pray for the repentance of wicked people. Desire their salvation, not their destruction.

God bless you, and have a great day! Amen. 

For further study: Psalm 73 

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