“Lord, how long do I have to call out for help?
Why don’t you listen to me?
How long must I keep telling you
that things are terrible?
Why don’t you save us?
3 Why do you make me watch while
people treat others so unfairly?
Why do you put up with the wrong things
they are doing?
I have to look at death.
People are harming others.
They are arguing and fighting all the time.
4 The law can’t do what it’s supposed to do.
Fairness never comes out on top.
Sinful people surround those
who do what is right.
So people are never treated fairly.” (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
Catapulted into the air out of a heart weighed down by despair. discouragement. fear.
Though uttered by a man thousands of years ago, become ours spoken this week.
Aimed toward the One who isn’t afraid to hear them.
These words become condensed to one.
Though answers seem elusive, scripture bears witness to these truths: Love your God with all your heart and soul. Love your neighbor as yourself.
When we sin against God, we sin against our neighbor. We are both broken in the process.
But if we love God, we can love our neighbor. We are both restored in the process.
No one said it was easy. Habakkuk was all too aware of that.
But it’s possible. The first commandment makes it so.
Perhaps we can diminish some “whys”
Author Ann Vos Kamp writes, “Small things can change everything. Doing the smallest thing, even when we feel like we have nothing to give, can begin to change everything. Every one of us can start changing headlines when we start reaching out our hands. “
Where can you begin?
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