God, Where Are You?


The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet addressing God directly, “How long?” How long must he cry for help before God answers? How long must the violence go on before God does something? Before God saves? You can sense frustration in the prophet, as if God weren’t acting fast enough. It’s an honest moment that some readers might find odd, odd that our Scriptures contain such challenges to God. Others might find it comforting. While still others might be unsettled by it. Wherever you fall probably says more about you than the Bible or God, because it’s clear from the whole of Scripture that God is not afraid of our questions. He often invites them. And He typically answers them, even if the answer is not what we expect.