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”I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” Hab. 2:1
Habakkuk is an interesting prophet. In some ways he was like Job - not that he was personally suffering, but that he looked around and saw the wicked prospering. He, too, wondered why.
We may look around the world today and see the wicked prospering. In some ways it seems to be more beneficial to be unrighteous than to be righteous. We tend to think the world is in worse shape now than in times past...immorality is higher...crime is higher... We can wonder if Christianity has made much impact at all.
This is a view that many have struggled with. We find it in Psalms, in Job, and in some of the prophets. The wicked seem to prosper, wickedness seems to win...where is God...doesn’t He care?
Habakkuk decided that he would watch and see how God would answer him. He didn’t rush into despair, but in faith waited for God’s answer. What would God say? Faith in God knows God has an answer whether we see it or not. God is not required to tell us anything.
We need to learn the secret of waiting on God for His answers. In this instant - understand the Bible in 24 hours - world we get caught up in “needing” everything now! But God is not in a hurry. He wants those who will wait for Him. Relationships take time, they are not instant. When we, like Habakkuk, are willing to stand and watch we will hear what God has to say. God may still not give us all the answers, but there will be peace in our hearts and a growing relationship which will build confidence in our lives.
As far as things being worse today... Before the flood there was only one righteous man in a world with potentially the same population we have today. In Israel [not to mention the other countries] - during some of the kings - human child sacrifices were practiced. During the times of Jesus immorality was running wild though out society including the religious rulers. And so on... Yes, things are bad today in many ways, but if you take an overview of history we have come a long way in 2,000 years. Christianity has made an impact and will continue to do so until the knowledge of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. The wicked prospering is a short term event, not a long term one.