The words of the prophet Habakkuk echo this week in light of the massacre in Sutherland Springs. Does he listen? Why does he not stop violence? Where is justice?
How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
Evil does not honor spaces, places, or races. No one is exempt from its touch. And when we are honest with ourselves, and with God, we echo Habakkuk, “How long, O Lord?”
We echo this with our brothers and sisters in Sutherland Springs and with those all around the world who suffer great injustices and violence. “How long, O Lord?”
As we honor their cries we attentively look to the Lord.
The Lord’s response to Habakkuk is this:
Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
God’s promises to Habakkuk in his day, can be held by us today. In the midst of our questions and our cries, we hold onto the promises of God’s power and goodness. As we do, he meets us. And one day we will be utterly amazed as evil is eradicated, victims are vindicated, and we worship on earth as it is in heaven. Until that day, we weep with those who weep, we listen to those who question, and we look to the Lord and trust that all will be made new.
Praying and holding on with you,
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