“Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Habakkuk 1:13)
The age old question of God is, “If You are good why do You allow evil in the world?” Habakkuk wanted an answer to this question also, and he got it.
The answer is that we cannot know all of God’s thoughts on this but we can know that evil will never triumph completely. In fact evil has within it everything that will bring its own destruction. Evil will not triumph! It always comes to an end, and in the final end, God sees to that. Habakkuk learns that even as Israel suffers it has the sure hope that the evil being done to it, even as God’s judgment, will end with the evil force being dealt with. Evil will be dealt with.
With the believer there is never an end in evil. There is always a future hope. Habakkuk waited patiently for the “day of calamity to come on the nation” that had invaded them. He knew his redemption was assured and God’s justice would go out. The time table didn’t matter. He was secure in the Lord. So are we.
Life brings many confrontations with evil and sin. They seek to overwhelm us but in reality our sure hope defeats them even in our suffering. Evil for us has an end also. That end came with Jesus on the Cross. “It is finished” says it all. We now live in that fact!
Heavenly Father, we certainly have a lot of questions of You, but we do not have one concerning Your control. You have everything under Your control and knowing that tells us that evil doesn’t have a chance of winning. It always loses in the end. Thank You for being the Beginning and the End. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and guest columnist.