We often ask God why bad things happen to good people. Why is this or that thing allowed in our lives? We wonder why our prayers are not answered the way we pray. Why is evil allowed to have its way? What happened to righteousness and justice? This is Habakkuk’s burden. He questions God about this very thing.
My thoughts are still on the background of Habakkuk, the things we learned about his era. If you missed that, you can catch it here, Introduction to the Burden in the Book of Habakkuk.
Though King Josiah brought revival to the land, it lasted only during his reign. Scholars say that was about 25 years or so.
Can you imagine what that would have been like to live that many years in a revival? Do you think we live in a revival now?
The next few kings who succeeded King Josiah were his sons. Sounds like a good thing, huh? Like father, like son?
This is actually what leads Habakkuk to have such a heavy heart.
King Jehoahaz, the first son to succeed Josiah upon his death was not a godly king. He reigned for only three months before he was captured and brought to Assyria.
King Jehoiakim, the next son to succeed Josiah upon the capture of his brother was just like his brother. He did not serve the LORD at all and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.
Can you see what has happened?
The revival under King Josiah’s reign began to fade into the background as the succeeding kings stopped worshipping Jehovah. They returned to worshipping the carved images of the nations around them. Idolatry was everywhere. They did evil in the sight of the LORD.
Justice disappeared from the land. Righteousness was out the window. No one followed the steps of the LORD.
It happened so quickly, the cover of darkness over the land.
Sin is like that, you know. Once you give it a foothold in your life, it will want more of you. If you don’t catch it right away and repent of your sin, it will invade you. Repentance is the only answer to eradicating sin.
Habakkuk is perplexed and heavily burdened for his nation, and rightly so.
A Similar Burden
Habakkuk’s burden is not unlike our burden for our nation.
We look around us today, no matter what country we live in, and we see spiritual darkness. There are wars and rumours of wars.
We see national leaders provoking other countries to fight. In our own nations, we see injustices happening. Our political leaders no longer uphold Biblical principles and standards.
Our schools, from elementary to university, display a disregard for the Bible. It seems that Christians no longer have a voice as political leaders remove Christianity from influence. We are in spiritual darkness, just as Habakkuk was in his day.
Let’s find out the cry of Habakkuk’s heart as we continue this study with Rachel Schmoyer of Read the Hard Parts. She will shed more light on Habakkuk’s burden and God’s answer to injustice.
by Rachel Schmoyer
See you over there!
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