WILL GOD ACT?
We are not the first in time to ask when God will come to our rescue. Habakkuk the prophet cried out, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not hear me? Why do I shout violence, but you do not save? Why must I look at injustice and why do you tolerate wrong? I face destruction and violence and I am surrounded by conflict and strife. The wicked have paralyzed the law, disabled the righteous and perverted justice” (Habakkuk 1:2-4).
Can we identify with Habakkuk? If we do not then we should, for there is why God does not step in, in our behalf. God will act, but not to please the prophet or his people. And what God has ordained to take place shall be shocking and unbelievable. The people that have turned away from God shall receive a doze of their own medicine. They were playing with evil and they shall be subjected to the worst kind of evil. They were playing with fire and now they shall suffer from burns for seventy years. God shall allow the ruthless, impetuous, lawless, and godless Babylonians to strip Habakkuk’s nation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That was God’s answer to the prophet who was pleading for his people (Habakkuk 1:5-11).
The prophet and his people did not listen and they began to play on God’s sympathy. Habakkuk did not want the Babylonians but God Himself to come and restore justice and order (Habakkuk 1:12-17). God’s answer was and still is that He would not reverse His decision. The Jewish people put themselves into that situation and they had to pay for it. But those that have remained faithful to God and did what was right, they shall live, even in Babylon (Habakkuk 2:4). The just, like Daniel, survived in Babylon. All the old sinners had to die before the new generation began to return to the Laws of God and to their homeland under Ezra and Nehemiah.
It took the system about seventy years to run its course. Both, the Babylonians and the Jews had to change before a new system began to correct itself and go back on course. Unfortunately, history does not speak loud enough. By the time of Christ, the Jews had again fallen out of favor with God and were punished by several nations and terminated by the Romans. In our time, it took seventy years for the Soviet Union to fold and for China to allow small capitalism to re-enter. Unless there is a sudden turn, the U.S.A. is only a generation away from intolerable servitude. Her fate has already been decided and is on schedule (Revelation 17:17; Romans 1:24-32).