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We live in a messed-up world. Don’t believe me? Just turn on the evening news or read the headlines in the newspaper. Everyday, there’s a new tragedy, a new disaster and new crisis at hand. And in each situation, the first question most people ask is “Why?”

The prophet Habakkuk asked God the same question. When Habakkuk was prophesying, the Babylonians were about to invade and tragedy was befalling Israel. In Habakkuk 1:2-4, he was basically saying, “What the heck, God? Why are you allowing chaos, violence, destruction and lawlessness to spread? Why aren’t you listening to me? Don’t you see it? Do you care?”

God does care, and He reveals that to Habakkuk in such a way that by the end of the book Habakkuk is writing, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17-19). 

Habakkuk went through a crisis of faith because of the world around him, and through that God strengthened his faith so much that he realized, just as we can, that even when everything is wrong, we can trust in what will always be right -- God.


  • What do you see in the world that makes you doubt that God cares?
  • How have you seen God come through when everything seems wrong?
  • Find something to rejoice about each day. Write them down so you can remember them when things seem to be falling apart.

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