Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. (Habakkuk 1:12)
If you have ever felt like shaking your fist in God’s face or gone ahead and done it, you aren’t the first person and you won’t be the last. There is an entire book of the Bible built around a man who did just that. His name was Habakkuk, and he was a prophet. When he sees his people suffer and his nation on the verge of collapse, he can’t help but wrestle with this question, “If God is good and God is in control, why are these things happening?”
If you are like Habakkuk and the ship of your faith is being overwhelmed by the tsunami of doubt, and your hand is slowly being raised to God in the shape of a fist, because you don’t understand why God allowed you to lose your job, why God has allowed your mother or father or brother or sister or son or daughter to die, and why God doesn’t do something and do it now?
Part of answering these “why” questions is understanding more about the God we serve. We must comprehend Him if we are going to trust Him. Now, when I say comprehend God, I am not implying that you can totally comprehend God. There is a lot about God we don’t know and may never know, but there is a lot about God we can know and should know.
God is not just any run of the mill, dime a dozen God. He is the ever-lasting God! He was here before all of this came into being and he will be here when all of this is passed away. He is not limited by time or space. None of us have ever seen the beginning of all of this and most of us will never see the end, but God will see them both.
People ask, “Where is God in all of this?” He is in his holy temple. He is watching everything. He sees everything. He knows everything and he doesn’t need us telling him how to handle this. We need to watch how God is going to handle this and trust him for the results.
Dear Lord, thank you that you are the everlasting, all-knowing God. Thank you that I can trust you with anything and everything. Help me to remember the vastness and greatness of who You are when I’m tempted to doubt Your presence in my current circumstances. In Jesus’ name, amen.