Within the intensity of a deeply committed relationship, our hearts are laid bare with frank vulnerability. Raw emotion, profound passion, heartache, and love mingle together and are offered in plain sight of the other. Trust has long been built over time. There is no need to hide behind self-defense or barbed attacks. Love and trust hold up the foundation where both parties stand, bound up in unity.
Here, in the sweetness of a long-time journey with the Lord God in intimate relationship, Habakkuk stands before the Lord. His heart is grieved. His insides wail at the atrocities being committed against a holy God by his own nation. He begs the Lord to mend the broken.
Then the Lord speaks, and Habakkuk writhes in anguish at His answer.
Bluntly, again in context of their shared relationship, Habakkuk wrestles in plain sight with the Lord. How could He use an enemy nation to bring retribution against Israel? Can the Righteous One choose to act so far outside Habakkuk’s limited line of sight and perspective? Will Habakkuk still trust the Lord?
The insides of his heart have now been verbalized, the air hangs heavy between Habakkuk and the Lord. Habakkuk leans in, intent on listening.
He is confident the Lord heard him.
He knows the Lord will answer.
He stands ready to hear.
He watches like a guard on a high tower, waiting for the slightest whisper from the Spirit of God.
He is not in a hurry.
Habakkuk intently waits to hear from his Lord.
What a beautiful pattern for us to follow in our own walk with the Lord God!
His invitation for depth and authentic sharing of our hearts is just as available to us as it was to Habakkuk. In fact, He longs for just such an exchange. Will you trust Him? Begin investing deeper in your relationship with God by spending time in His Word consistently. Be honest before Him.
And intently wait for His response.
1) Read Habakkuk 2:1 and answer these 3 questions in your journal:
a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What do these verses tell me about me and my heart?
2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!