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Habakkuk 1:1-4 (New International Version)

1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help,

but you do not listen?

Or cry out to you, “Violence!”

but you do not save?

3 Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrong?

Destruction and violence are before me;

there is strife, and conflict abounds.

4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,

and justice never prevails.

The wicked hem in the righteous,

so that justice is perverted.

Injustice, perversion, oppression, conflict, strife, wickedness, and violence are not unique to our time. Long ago the prophet Habakkuk cried out to God to set the wrong things right. If the state of the world has you questioning God’s sovereignty, know that you aren’t the first. Habakkuk complained loudly and repeatedly. Just as God heard him, he will hear you. Cry out to the Lord. Confess your fears, unburden your heart, then rest, knowing he’s got not only you, but the whole world in his loving, capable hands.

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