5 “Look among the nations and watch—
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
During these Covid days, we often ask God what He is doing. We wonder if God would have put a stop to this in Wuhan if that would have been so much better. We wonder the point of all the pain and suffering and death and fear going on all around the world. We are not the first ones to wonder what God was doing. The prophet Habakkuk witnessed the revival of the nation under King Josiah then he witnessed the nation’s fall back into idolatry. He wondered when God would bring judgment upon them for their sin.
God’s answer was that if the prophet knew all that God was doing, he would not believe it, he could not understand it. This is where we are today. For years we have known that the Holy God of heaven was going to one day bring His judgment upon a world that had utterly forsaken Him. If we knew the mind of God, we would not be able to understand it. God does bring His judgment upon sin; “the soul that sins, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20) God’s judgment on sin comes in the form of death both in this life and in the next. But sometimes, God brings His judgment to the people of this earth.
No, I am not saying that Covid is God’s judgment, neither am I saying that it is not His judgment. What we do know is that God is in control and that God is doing His work and that we would not be able to comprehend it if He were to explain it to us. We cannot claim that God is judging a certain part of culture or a certain type of sin as people of all cultures and all backgrounds are being affected. What we do know is that God is at work. Let us not lose that vision. God is at work and He is doing all that He deems necessary.
At the end of Habakkuk’s prophecy, when God has explained that He is going to send the Assyrian army against Jerusalem and the southern kingdom, when God has given Habakkuk some understanding, note the words of the prophet:
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
Join with us in prayer today for the family of a dear friend. Cyril Syroteuk had a heart attack and went to be with the Lord. Pray for his wife Lois and their family as they now must navigate these dark waters. Cyril was a man who left a life he knew well to serve the Lord’s church. For the past 22 years he and Lois have served the Lord in churches in Canada. Their service has been to smaller churches whose unique needs God used Cyril and Lois to meet. Our lives have a piece missing today.
Pray for the people of Indonesia as they will struggle with the new law keeping them from travelling home during Mudik, part of the Ramadan holy month. Pray they will seek the God who hears during this time.
Have a great day in the Lord,