17Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had moments like Habakkuk.

At the beginning of this book in the Bible, Habakkuk isn’t in a great place. The prophet is distraught over the sinfulness of those surrounding him. He’s even more upset that it seems like God isn’t being proactive and stepping in to handle it. He thinks God is falling down on the job and wonders what in the world is going on.

Here’s the thing: It’s okay to ask God questions. It’s the way you ask that matters. Just as we do not tolerate our children speaking to us disrespectfully or questioning our authority, God isn’t smiling when you shake your fist at Him or demand His action for your edification. If you come to Him in humility for answers, God listens, and that’s where we catch up with Habakkuk in the verses above. He’s no longer the man we saw in earlier chapters. He’s different, respectful and now, he gets it: God calls us to live by faith on his terms and timeline, not ours.

When you think people are getting away with sin and you don’t understand why, God knows what’s up. When evil seems to be getting the last word, remember, God hasn’t spoken yet. When you harden your heart and question God, the problem doesn’t lie with those around you. God doesn’t work on demand and owes us zero explanations. He’s never asleep at the wheel. He’s always at work.

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