Habakkuk 2 has the prophet a bit irritated with the speed at which God is dealing with the evil around him. “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint”. Habakkuk has an axe to grind with God – these evil people are not being dealt with as quickly as he things is appropriate, and he simply can’t stand on the sidelines and watch them ‘get away’ with how they are living.
God welcomes our questions and concerns. He hears and responds to Habakkuk. “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay”. So God wants His prophet to capture the answer and make it known to all the people. But it happens in His time, in His way, not as we might wish it to be. Habakkuk gets some clarity from God.
“The righteous shall live by his faith”. The reality is that God’s plan has never changed. From the Garden with Adam and Eve, until this very day, God has been all about a relationship with us. He desires us to walk in obedience to His commandments and live a life worthy of His calling. Unfortunately, when we take control of our lives and push Him aside, we go astray. “You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life”. We put self ahead of all else and cut ourselves off from His blessing.
But our choices don’t change God’s design and plan. He is still in control, even when He lets us seemingly run our own lives for a time. One day we’ll understand that reality. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”. God is Creator and Author. He is the Almighty and sits in a place of oversight and control. He gives us free will, which if not lived well, gets us into all sorts of trouble. The issue with choice is we often make the wrong one and pick sinful actions. Those carry a price, and God’s righteousness will become ours if we don’t deal with our sin through Jesus sacrifice on the Cross.