“Habbakuk,” God challenges, “Be amazed!” The prophet must have been stunned when he heard God’s plans after asking God to act!
“I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour; they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand. They mock kings and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them. Then they sweep past like the wind and go on–guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”
God has a plan to address the injustice Habakkuk sees within the nation of Judah. God sees and knows all that is happening and He is orchestrating the events that are about to happen.
He is mobilizing His army, the Babylonians, enemies to His own people. They are not the “nicest” empire that ever exited. They are feared, dreaded, self-centred, and an unstoppable force!
I dare say Habakkuk was shocked with this plan. He’ll soon express his complaint after he recovers! God is at work….great! But He is using the Babylonians.
What’s the application? When God answers our prayers, we may be totally shocked with what happens! Things some times seem to get worse before they get better! We are not called to panic. We must resist the urge to despair. Instead, let’s keep trusting. Let’s ask God to give us eyes to see what He is doing and grace to trust Him in the darkness.
Honestly I think this is when the counsel of other Christ-followers gives us perspective. They may pray. They will listen. They see more clearly the “bigger picture” and may have proven God’s faithfulness in similar circumstances. Thank God for friends who take seriously the challenge to “build one another up!”