“How long, LORD, have I called for help, and You do not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save.”
I have officially reached the age where I can admit I have trouble hearing. It is not terrible, and I don’t think I need hearing aids yet. But some days around our house it can get quite comical as my wife and I attempt a conversation. Those conversations are even more comical if we are not in the same room and are trying to talk.
Habakkuk is not getting an answer from God. The conversation seems to be way. He says, “I called for help, and You do not hear.” He goes even further and says, “You do not save.” Habakkuk must have been pretty desperate to talk to God that way. But just you wait and see how God answers.
I have been accused of not listening sometimes. Whether it be my wife, children, grandchildren, employees or friends, people want to be heard. And people want to know that God is listening. He always is, even if His answer is slow in coming.
Two of my favorite verses on God listening are Psalm 40:1 and Psalm 118:5
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and He reached down to me and heard my cry.”
“From my distress I called upon the LORD; the LORD answered me and put me in an open space.”
Don’t you just love that? He reached down. He heard my cry. The Lord answered. What else could you want? God is there. He was there when Habakkuk cried out. Sometimes He asks us to wait – just wait – just wait – just wait. And when He answers it is always at the perfect time. Just wait.
I will wait for You, O Lord. I know You are there, even when I don’t feel You. You are always watching and listening.