Give God your Complaint

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?” (Habakkuk 1:2)

Twice Habakkuk complained to God about the work of evildoers around him. Habakkuk was unsettled about all the evil and wrongdoing which he observed and he was convinced that God was not doing enough to resolve it. He was angry about the workers of inequity who seemed to prosper from doing wrong. They went around oppressing the poor and unfortunate while they seemed to gain wealth and success. (Habakkuk 1)

In Habakkuk’s first complaint he seemed tired of his constant cries to God for help and asked God how long he needed to cry out. God communicates with Habakkuk and told him of the work that he was doing. Habakkuk was still not satisfied and lodged a second complaint. This time Habakkuk reminds God of who he was and spoke of his sovereignty. Habakkuk told God exactly how he felt and asked if he would sit idly by and look at traitors and remain silent while the wicked swallowed up the righteous. (Habakkuk 1:12-17)

God responds to Habakkuk and told him to write the vision on tablets so that those who read it may run to perform it. God reassures Habakkuk that although it felt like things had been delayed, that the vision would come to pass at the appointed time. Although it seemed slow to be accomplished God would do what he had promised. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

You maybe waiting a long time for a promise of God to be accomplished. You maybe frustrated while you wait as the wicked seem to prosper around you. Write down your vision and pray for God to establish it at the appointed time. Even though it’s been delayed it will come to pass.

In the end Habakkuk prayed to God and blessed him for his works and declared praises to his name. (Habakkuk 3) I love that Habakkuk had a relationship with God where he felt able to be bring his complaints. And God was faithful to not only listen to Habakkuk but to respond to what he said.

The truth is that God can handle our difficult emotions and we can be honest with him about how we feel. We may have experienced relationships where it didn’t always feel safe to speak our minds, but this is not the way God is.

Tell God how you feel about the injustices that surrounds you. Pour out your heart to Him about the things that makes you angry and upset and listen for God to give you an answer to your questions.


2 thoughts on “Give God your Complaint

  1. I was literally doing this before reading…not pouring out complaints per se but expressing concern about some things that were weighing heavily on me. Telling God how nervous I am and how irrational some of the fears I have are. The awesome thing is that I know He’s not judging me for it. As the Omniscient One, those moments are more for me than they are for Him. Thank you for your timely devotional.

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