"God Will Set Things Right" - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - by Dianne Prince
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)
In our scripture today, we find Habakkuk, a prophet of God, burdened by all that is going on around him. He is troubled by the wickedness he sees. He is disturbed by the violence and injustice in the land. Like many of us, Habakkuk is worn down by the moral decay and the national corruption that plagued the society in which he lived. As Habakkuk looked around, all he could see was violence, greed, fighting, and perverted justice everywhere.
Habakkuk found himself wondering and complaining to God. He found himself asking God, “Why?” “Lord, why are you silent?” “Why do you let the people dishonor your name?” “Why don’t you do something, Lord?” God replied to Habakkuk, “I am working on a plan to chastise Judah.” Why was chastisement of God’s people in order? Judah was disobedient. She had been called to repent many times. She had been warned to get her act together time and time again. However, she refused to change her sinful ways. She was going her own way, doing her own thing, and living a life of sin with total disregard for God’s word. God went on to say, “You see Habakkuk, things are not always as they seem. What you see right now is not how things will end up. Just because you cannot see the end, does not mean I am not working.”
You are trying to live right, trying to treat other people right, you watch as well as pray every day, you go to church and Bible study, you tithe, you help those in need, you volunteer in the community, you have submitted your lifestyle to the will of God, you watch your tongue, and you worship and praise God all the time. With all of that, you still cannot seem to get ahead. It seems every time you take one step forward, an unexpected circumstance causes you to take two steps backward. Why? Why does it seem the righteous suffer while the ungodly live a carefree life?
God wants you to know today, the question should not be “why.” But the answer should be “who”—who is in control. God does not do things in the way we expect Him; nor, does He use the people we expect Him to use. He indeed has a plan for this world and for your life. He has a purpose for everything He allows to happen. He also has a time and He has a season to work the plan He has laid out before the beginning of time.
Although Habakkuk had many questions, he decided to wait on the Lord. He waited patiently, and God ultimately revealed His vision to Habakkuk. God assured Habakkuk that in the end, He would get the final word. In the end, the enemy would fall. In the end, vengeance would be the Lord’s.
The ungodly get by, but they do not get away. God will deal with evil by and by and after while. God will deal with injustice. God will restore unto you that which was taken by the enemy. God will “right” any “wrong” that has been imparted to you by other people. God will vindicate you. God will set all things straight.
So many times, we get discouraged as we see the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer. We sometimes get disillusioned as we see the innocent neglected while the world enjoys the comforts of life. Instead of wondering why, the best thing to do is wait on the Lord. Keep the faith. Watch as well as pray. Meditate and listen. Why? In time, God sets everything right.
Remember, what you see today is not how things will end up. God is in control and He will set things right.
Additional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.