“[The LORD replied,] “Look among the nations! See! Be astonished! Wonder! For I am doing something in your days– You would not believe it if you were told.”
HABAKKUK 1:5 AMP
Happy Tuesday! Do you ever cry out to God like Habakkuk did when he said “O LORD, how long will I call for help And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save” (HABAKKUK 1:2 AMP)? Do you ever wonder how such a wonderful God could allow violence to take place?
I can relate to Habakkuk. When I was a child I was sexually abused and the abuser took that secret to his grave, never making things right with the family. The family despises me because they think I brought them pain. I was able to forgive him and still have hopes of one day reuniting. A few months ago my sister, who was also abused, started going through a divorce, and what took place so many years ago was brought up again. I grew up in a church who protected my abuser and used scare tactics to save. They literally scared the bejebees out of me. When I was 14 years old, I was convinced God was going to strike me down dead. I even wrote my parents a good-bye letter. I was waiting to die and go to hell.
Today, we see violence everywhere, most recently the Las Vegas shootings. So you may be asking “where are you God and why are you allowing this to happen?” I understand this line of questioning. The truth is God is not doing these evil things, and he is here with us. He was with me when I was abused. He was with me when I lost my family and friends. He was with me with I thought I was going to die. He was in Las Vegas with those suffering and those helping. Evil doesn’t come from God. He gives us free-will, which is like a double-edged sword. He also gave us Jesus, who forgives. We all struggle with sin, but evil is all around us. My family isn’t evil. They are misguided. The church wasn’t evil. They had good intentions, but went too far in one direction with me. I was probably more sensitive to what they were saying. We will never know what was going through the abuser’s or shooter’s mind. However, even if we did, it wouldn’t change anything. We have to remember to talk to God. He will help us through our struggles.
This morning, get down on your knees and pray for our world. God bless you.