Friday, September 9, 2016

Feeling Helpless Against Evil

Living in Houston, I hear and read a lot about human trafficking. Sadly, this city is notorious for the despicable crime. Lately, people have shared first hand accounts of shady people stalking mothers with young children in the grocery stores. Some sources say that some sickos are taking kids as young as 2 years old for sexual exploitation. 

This breaks my heart. It shakes me to the core knowing that evil people are getting away!

In fact, a couple months ago, I was seriously doubting God's care for people. In my own finite human thinking, I cannot understand how such a loving God allows such evil to take place, especially to children. I was filled with anxiety over all the evil going on around me, in my own city! I felt angry at the Lord for allowing such horrible injustice to go on day after day.

Habakkuk 1:2
How long, O Lord, will I call for help,
And You will not hear?
I cry out to you, "Violence!"
Yet You do not save.

 I still struggle with this aching over my city's suffering and feeling completely helpless to do anything about it.

But let's study the Scriptures together. While we don't know much about the man Habakkuk from the Scriptures, we do know from chapter 1 that he was a man who loved his country and hated seeing pagan, unrighteous foreigners destroy his land and people. He questioned the Gods justice, just like we do.

Now the Lord doesn't owe us anything. He is perfectly holy and sovereign and has every right to deal with things the way He sees fit without offering any kind of explanation to us. Yet He was gracious enough to answer Habakkuk in chapter 2. He assures Habakkuk that the evil, oppressing Chaldeans will receive the punishment they deserve, but in His timing.

Habakkuk 2:16
You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor. Now you yourself drink and expose your own nakedness. The cup in the Lord's right hand will come around to you, and utter disgrace will come upon your glory. 

We can take comfort that those who, without repentance, live by evil in this world will see God's wrath. (Yes, even today, God has wrath. God is just as loving and holy and just today as He was thousands of years ago. If you need New Testament proof, take a look at the book of Revelation).

We need to take our eyes off of the storms and evils around us and focus them on Yahweh. Focus on His character, His voice, His attributes, and (most importantly) His Word.  

Habakkuk 3:16-19
I heard and my inward parts trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

Amazingly enough, when my eyes are focused on my Savior, I feel a deep love for my city that I could never have on my own.

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