I’ve been working on some new music here lately, and I’ve been drawn to a rather odd place in Scripture. I’ve been taken into my second favorite grouping of Scripture, the minor prophets (my first favorite being the Pauline epistles). I only say that it’s an odd place in Scripture because they seem to be the most infrequently used books of the Bible. I have heard countless sermons, read countless books, and done countless Bible studies; yet no one seems to think about the books from Joel-Malachi (with the possible exception of Jonah; that dude is always mentioned in children’s Bibles). However, there is a lot of really good wisdom to be found in these books.
I have been reading in the book of Habakkuk here lately. It’s pronounced exactly the way it looks (Ha-back-uck). The book is a conversation between God and the prophet. During this time, Judah has had many wicked kings, the people seem to be falling away from God, and the people of God were being persecuted against. Habakkuk is asking God why He does nothing while evil people prosper. God responds to Habakkuk showing how the wicked will be punished, yet He shows that this will happen in the future, not in the present (Habakkuk 2:3).
This is a question that we all wrestle with. Paul writes about it in 2 Thessalonians stating, “In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.” (1:6 NLT). He goes on to talk about that punishment. I’m pretty sure the point being that the wicked maybe prosperous now while we suffer, but after death they will suffer for all eternity.
Honestly, it’s a question we all ask sometimes. When I get feeling down and wonder why people, who don’t follow Jesus, have more/better than me, I find comfort in the words of Habakkuk.The wicked may get a great life here on earth. The righteous may not. But ultimately, the true prize is salvation through Jesus Christ. He gave us eternal life, and blessings. Our true treasures are stored up in heaven, not here on earth. I suggest giving the book a good read sometime. It can give some great comfort in a world that look like Judah did then.