Habakkuk 1:1-4; A “lamah” question and crying out to God

In these verses, after seeing an oracle or vision from God, Habakkuk the prophet cries out in verse 3 by saying “why”. He was troubled by the vision and did not understand what God was doing. The Hebrew word for why here is “lamah”. I have found this word used frequently in Psalms when the writer is expressing emotion and not necessarily expecting an explanation. So often we feel that to question God or cry out in desperation is a sign of a weak faith. On the contrary, it is a sign of a faith that is seeking understanding in the context of real expectations from God. Habakkuk knows a powerful and just God and the events surrounding him did not seem to match up with what he understood of his God. This does not mean that God necessarily owes us an explanation or needs to modify our circumstances to fit our expectations, but He understands and (as we will come to see in upcoming verses) embraces the heart of faith that cries out to Him.

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  1. mary says:

    We look forward to what we can learn from Habakkuk!

    1. This is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament…

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