Habakkuk had a few questions about his people and the injustice which he observed among them. He knew that the only place to go for answers to his questions, was before God. Habakkuk wanted to find out from God, why it felt like his cries for help were not being heard. “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise” (Habakkuk 1:3). The tone of Habakkuk’s questions sound almost accusatory. It was as though he was making assumptions about God’s intentions.
God answered Habakkuk and explained what he was doing and about to do among the nations. Habakkuk was still not satisfied with this answer, so he asked God some more questions. “You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he” (Habakkuk 1:13)? Habakkuk sounded enraged but we assume that his anger was righteous indignation. This was as a result of his hatred for sin and his anger towards injustice. God could relate to Habakkuk’s feelings as God also hates injustice.
Habakkuk’s anger and frustration wasn’t because he wanted a bigger house or a car for himself. Habakkuk wanted to see justice, righteousness and integrity. He wanted to see justice for iniquity and the wicked punished for oppressing the righteous. God gave Habakkuk detailed answers and gave him an instruction to write down the vision. God made time for Habakkuk because he sought answers from him. Habakkuk prayed and waited in the presence of God to gain wisdom and revelation knowledge.
We have been taught not to question God. That statement needs to be qualified to understand that we do not question the character and integrity of God. God wants us to come to him when we have questions about life. When we ask, God will give us the answers when we seek him and wait in his presence. I don’t believe that God wants to leave us in the dark about many things. There are some mysteries that we will only understand in heaven. However, there is a lot that the father wants to reveal to us when we ask and listen.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3).