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
What do you do when you feel there are inconsistencies between what is happening and the nature and character of God? Many people wonder why there is evil in the world. If God is truly a good God, then how could he possibly allow some of the things to happen that do? Please read Habakkuk 1:12:1 again today and consider the seeming inconsistencies that Habakkuk is bringing forward. These are the things for which Habakkuk is seeking clarification. It is important to note that he does not accuse God or blame God. He is not angry with God. He does not have a twisted view of God. He has just rehearsed what he knows to be true about God and then simply articulates the seeming inconsistencies that he sees around him. God is working out his plan in the world. The consequences of sin in the world bring heartache, pain, sorrow, and yes, judgment. It is easy for us, in our moment of time and space, to design a way for God to work. The way he works does not always look the way we think it should. We must remember that God is outside of time and is working an eternal plan that sometimes involves what seem to be inconsistencies in our moment. When those inconsistencies come into our lives, we can trust in what we know to be true about God, not doubting his nature and character. If there seem to be inconsistencies, it is because we do not have knowledge of how it will fit into his eternal plan. How are you viewing any seeming inconsistencies in your life?