Habakkuk teaches us about the destruction of injustice
if you have a chance, please take the time to go read chapters 1 & 2 of Habakkuk. They are super short, I promise.
For a while, I’d been looking at the world wondering why there was so much hate. As of late regarding George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breona Taylor, I felt like my soul had been cracked. Not because these cases were new to me, but they happened so close together that I couldn’t breathe.
I felt like I was suffocating just watching (or reading) my people get slain through ignorance and hate. I didn’t watch the video of George Floyd, I refused to. But I read a very detailed article that made it very clear that watching would send me overboard.
While I sat on my bed that night after reading, I couldn’t help but to ask God, “Why?” A couple of weeks go by, I’m praying and trying to make myself see the world the way God wants me to. I’m angry, exhausted, and quite frankly fed up. I’m trying to make sure I don’t fight hate with hate or to let my emotions control my logic. How can this still be happening, even though I’m not surprised that it is?
I sat there on my bed, again, and I turned to Habakkuk 1. I felt God was leading me to this specific book of the Bible, and I was not led wrong. The first verse that popped out to me was verse 3:
“Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?”
Ain’t it crazy how God can make something you’ve read a million times look differently for the first time? I figured, since this verse was speaking to me, I had to go read the Lord’s answer to Habakkuk’s question (you can read it here, I highly suggest it).
Throughout this conversation with God, Habakkuk asks another couple thousand questions (yes, I’m over exaggerating):
V13: “Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those righteous than themselves?
V17: “Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?”
Phew…If this doesn’t describe our world today.
Now, Habakkuk did something very important in this next step…he waited.
Yep! He waited for what the Lord would say to his questions he asked. He didn’t go try and find the answers in another person, a Google search, a self-help book, a medium, a priestess, nothing. With a pen and paper in hand he waited, and expected, that God would answer (and He did).
Habbakuk 2:2-20 NIV
 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald[e] may run with it.  For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it[f] will certainly come and will not delay.
 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness[g]—  indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.
 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,
“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?’  Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.  Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
 “Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!  You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.  The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.
 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!  Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?  For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!  You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed[h]! The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.  The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.  Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.”
 The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.
What I got out of the Lord’s answer was this:
1. I’m about to give you some fire, so you better write it down as a record. I don’t want anyone to forget this. It’s going to feel like justice is a looooooooooong ways off, but it will come. Trust me.
2. These folks are puffed up (the enemy at work through people in this world), and through their pride and ego, they are blind to the destruction that is going to happen to them. Yet, while this is happening, it is important to grow in your faith more than ever.
3. [to the destructive] Oh! You thought that all the murders, greed, and evil doing you’ve done would go unpunished? See, there are people waking up right now and seeing what is going on from a different set of eyes. The ones that are left after you’ve had your little run of destruction, will overpower you.
4. Oh! You thought you could take advantage of folks and mock/rape/torture/molest their nakedness? As you do, so shall be done unto you!
5. This is all supposed to happen in order for the Lord to set order again. As sucky as it is to say, but if you really pay attention folks are coming together like no other time. White folks are waking up, people that didn’t believe we were being slaughtered by government agents and bigots have now seen that we’d been telling the truth all along.
People are slowly educating themselves and calling out their own people from their ignorance. This is the time to really plug into God, because the energy it takes to be a soldier in this spiritual warfare is great. We are to fight spiritual battles with our spiritual Father, because while we can be upset at the person/people that are tormenting us physically, there is a master to the evilness. We all know that Satan works through people like clockwork.
So, remember this, stay prayed up and release your anger to God. Let him take that burden so he can replace it with hope, peace, and understanding (it will take work). The more we live in constant anger the less we will be able to stand as soldiers for the Lord. The battle is just beginning, don’t go in unprepared. Go in from a stance of pride-less/ego-less victory. Because God already won.