“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2)
Habakkuk is a little three-chapter book written by the prophet Habakkuk shortly before Jerusalem was attacked by the Babylonians in 597 BC. In the first two chapters Habakkuk complains to God about the wickedness around him that seems to go unpunished, even unnoticed by God. He appeals to God on behalf of the faithful who are depending on God to act on their behalf. He questions God’s timing and purpose and it is easy for us to do the same today. Sometimes we wonder if God will act at all.
But look again at today’s focal verse. Habakkuk, in a confession of faith and trust, confidently asks the Lord to act again on behalf of His people as He has done in the past. He submits to God’s perfect timing and perfect ways even when he doesn’t understand them.
In asking God to act Habakkuk says, “in wrath remember mercy” appealing to God’s perfect balance of justice and favor. Habakkuk probably didn’t understand it at the time, but this prayer would be answered in all of its fullness through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—when God acted in the perfect expression of justice and mercy.
We can be confident that God will continue to act on behalf of his followers, for “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” God can always be trusted to act at just the right time and in just the right way.
Question: Are you trusting God even when He seems to be silent in your circumstances?
Challenge: “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:2-3)
Prayer: Lord, we bring our requests before you, trusting you to act at just the right time and in just the right way.
Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns