Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever? Habakkuk 1:14
Have you ever been in a situation that you felt was hopeless, with no end in sight? This section of Habakkuk (1:12-2:1) reminds us that if we stay focused on our moment of time and space, we can get discouraged. There are things in this world that seem as though there is no end in sight. Will there ever be an end to poverty? Will the fighting in the Middle East ever end? Will there ever be an end to the murder of the unborn? Will the family unit just continue to dissolve? Will there ever be an end to the pandemic? Habakkuk’s cry is ours. Is this to go on forever? Of course, as salvation history has unfolded, we have seen that Jesus has brought an answer to these questions. No, it will not go on forever. Yes, there is an end in sight. All things will be made new (Revelation 21:5). The final clarifying question that Habakkuk asks is one that we can ask as well. Only we must learn to ask it differently. We know that this does ultimately have an end in sight but that does not always make it easier to live with now. We can pray for revival. We can pray that God would use his people to make a difference in this world where there seems to be no end in sight to the evil that is done, that he would use us to bring his kingdom to come on earth, as we wait for the moment he makes all things new. Stand strong. There is an end in sight.