In the Bible we find the glory of God’s partnership with man. Throughout the redemptive story, God refuses to do anything without human partnership. He validates human processes and uses human beings. He sometimes waits long periods of time in order to labor with us. At the same time, He gives us assignments that require His own supernatural intervention. One one hand, He does His work through us, on the other hand we cannot do His work without His power. It is the glory of God’s partnership with man and Abraham’s struggle to have a son illustrates the pattern of how God works with man.
The lessons we can learn from Habakkuk 1 help us to interpret the times and seasons in our own nation.
One of the great tragedies of western Christianity is that we do more remembering about Jesus than anticipating. However, the biblical view is that there is so much more to anticipate about Him then there is to remember. We are called to live with the longing and anticipation of an engaged woman, not the memories of a married woman.
There is one missing factor in nearly every theological debate. It is the only factor that should matter and yet is is almost universally ignored. It is rarely considered and never stated as the decisive factor in theological positions. However, if you will learn to evaluate all your questions of God and of Scripture through this one factor, you will learn wisdom.
Often we rush through Bible passages giving little attention to the emotions of God. Jeremiah 2 recounts the motions of YHWH in Israel’s early history, the moment when YHWH felt what every betrayed spouse has felt as He was forced to watch Israel’s adultery in plain sight and remember another day in a garden many years before.
When Israel rejected YHWH in the wilderness and instead gave her worship and devotion to a golden calf, God warned that He would visit in a future day of punishment and not in that generation. In this sober warning, we also find a promise that reveals the depth of the judgment and of the mercy of God. We must understand the promise that is both a promise of judgment and a promise of mercy to know God.