Habakkuk 2:2-20; God responds, “My actions are just”

God now responds to Habakkuk’s charge that God does not seem just in His response to Habakkuk’s cry/prayer.  How often do we essentially make the same charge…”God, Your answer to my prayer is not want I like/wanted/expected”. Chapter 2 verse 3 says, “(My answer) will certainly come, it will not delay”.  The subsequent verses in chapter 2 show that even though the invading nation of Babylon is God’s tool, He will still hold them accountable for their actions.  This reminds one of God’s use of Pharaoh in Exodus.  God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and yet Pharaoh was still responsible for His actions as Pharaoh hardened his own heart also.  Paul says in Romans 9, “why does God still find fault for who resists His will? On the contrary, who are you O man who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, why did you make me like this?”. For a faithful heart we find ourselves in that delicate balance between trusting God’s wisdom and knowing that His absolute power will accomplish His desire in any/every situation in accordance with that wisdom. You are the potter and I am the clay Lord.

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  1. Romans 9 is perhaps the most difficult chapter in the Bible to read, accurately understand, and fully accept, because what Romans 9 teaches flies in the face of our human inclination to be independent, self-determining, and proud. Romans 9 indicates that it is God, not us—not me—who is in control. In fact, it shows that God is in such total control that He can and does sovereignly elect to show mercy to some people while hardening the hearts of others. And it shows that He is just in doing so. And it shows that I am in no position to challenge Him on the matter ( Romans 9:20-21 ). And it shows that I am also still fully responsible for all of my actions and accountable for all of my choices.

  2. I think you do understand it rightly. As you suggest the problem is in “accepting it” as we do have an inclination to be “self determining and proud”. From my perspective it boils down to 2 issues. The first is trusting God’s sovereign actions not because they always make sense to us in the moment but because He is all wise. The second is embracing what it means to have a truly free will. Before we come to faith we think we are truly free but we are not because we can not always freely choose to do good. After we come to faith we subject ourselves to God’s will and in His/the Holy Spirit’s power have the potential to freely choose to do good. We do not always succeed but in accepting Him as the potter and ourselves as the clay, we are empowered in our free choices and hence are theoretically able to choose the good all the time…that my friend is true freedom!

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