The Jesus Code: “Why doesn’t God do something about evil?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 26 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear?” (Habakkuk 1.2).

God had said he was going to allow the pagan nation of Babylon to destroy the city of Jerusalem and take the Jews into captivity. The Prophet Habakkuk was stunned. It didn’t make sense. Why would God allow a nation so wicked to do such a thing to His people.

The Prophet asked a question many of us have asked at one time or another. Where are you God? I’m praying, but you don’t seem to be answering! Why are you letting this evil happen?

Hawkins says:

If there really is a God who is all good and all powerful, why doesn’t He always answer our prayers for good and right things? Why does He allow evil and suffering? Here is the age-old skeptic’s argument: Either God is all powerful but not all good (therefore He does not stop evil), or He is all good but not all powerful (thus He cannot stop the evil around us). That statement sounds so logical. If He is really all powerful, then He could eliminate all evil, pain, and suffering.

In fact, He could absolutely eradicate all evil in an instant. But suppose He were to decree that, at the midnight hour tonight, He would radically stamp out all evil. On the surface that appears a wonderful idea, but is it? If He did, do you realize that not one of us would be here at 12:01?

The fact is God has already done something about evil, He sent His Son to die for evil people like us and He has given us His grace and His Spirit.

Hawkins says:

The book of Habakkuk contains only three brief chapters, but in them the prophet showed us that the real issue at hand is not one of evil, but one of focus. Habakkuk outlined the route from focusing on our circumstances . . . to focusing through them . . . and finally, to reaching the place where we focus beyond them.

When we focus on the circumstances, we are tempted to think: “Why God?” “Why me?” “Why aren’t you doing anything?” But the author reminds us that just because we’re in a storm doesn’t mean we aren’t right in the middle of God’s will. Just ask Jonah.

The first step in focusing “through our circumstances” is to get God’s perspective. That’s the reason Joseph was able to forgive his brothers for their horrible betrayal. In Genesis 50:20, he said, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good to save many people alive.”

Looking through a problem also requires patience, waiting on God and His timing, while holding on to His promises. Next come participation, walking in faith during the process. Hawkings:

Finally, in focusing through the circumstances of life, there is the element of perception. Habakkuk saw that “the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him” (v. 20). God is still in charge. He has not abdicated His throne.

But focusing on “through the circumstances” isn’t the ultimate level of trust. Prayerfully, like Habakkuk, we can learn to focus beyond them. The Prophet ends the book with these beautiful words:

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NASB):

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

A note:

I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “Will a man rob God?” (Malachi 3.8).

Last week’s question: “What does the Lord require of you?” (Micah 6.8). Read it here.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “Why doesn’t God do something about evil?” + LINKUP

  1. This is such a beautiful post! I think this is a question many people struggle with, especially non-believers. Romans 5:8 paints us this picture that “even when we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We are saved by His grace and love for us all. I wish this world would embrace more of that instead of the evil it chooses to. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tayrini,

      Thanks so much for linking up. I linked up on “A Tiny Mix of …” this morning. Blessings!

  2. Great words about Habukkuk today. It’s interesting how we can make assumptions about God that really are not what He meant at all. I love the way you explain the scripture. I am blessed by your words.

  3. Thank you, Donna, for this insight and application from the book of Habakkuk. Although it is one of the shorter books, it has always been one of my favorite. I love this application to the question “Why doesn’t God do something about evil?”

    Thank you, also, for hosting this link-up each week!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  4. This is a great post, Donna.

    O.S. offers some much needed wisdom for times like these.

    I especially like the reminder to “get God’s perspective.” Oh, how often I need to do this more!

    My pastor used to say that wisdom is, “Seeing things from God’s perspective.” I guess to really gain His perspective, we’ve got to spend more time with Him.

    I came over on the While I’m Waiting Link up. Glad to connect with you~
    Blessings,
    Melanie

    • I’m so glad you did, Susan. I enjoyed reading it. How incredible to be there at such a horrible moment in history!

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