Fight: a confrontation between opposing individuals or groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other.
Have you ever been mad at God? Are there any present circumstances in your life that seem unfair? Maybe another person is being blessed and experiencing success when it seems to you that he or she deserves judgment instead?
We don’t understand every motivation, psychological reaction, response, or feeling, even for ourselves. Therefore we really can’t judge God, who is all-knowing, nor His actions.
The truth is that we can’t ever see the whole picture about another person’s life journey or even our own lives. We don’t understand every motivation, psychological reaction, response, or feeling, even for ourselves. Therefore we really can’t judge God, who is all-knowing, nor His actions.
In reality, we don’t truly desire “fairness” from God, for that would mean that we would have to reap the consequence of eternal separation from God because our own sin. We don’t actually want justice for ourselves; we desire mercy. So when things around us seem unfair, we have to fight to hold onto God, be thankful that He is actually merciful and grace-filled instead of fair, and trust what we know about Him to be true.
Bible Character: Habakkuk - to embrace, to cling to
Habakkuk was an Old Testament prophet who was watching a lot of injustice happen in his country. He saw his own people sinning against God and wondered why God was not judging them. Here he expresses his discontent to God:
O Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
here is strife, and contention arises.
Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. Habakkuk 1:2-4
The Lord’s response is not what Habakkuk expects: He was raising up an even more terrible group to rule and judge:
“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.
For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans,
A bitter and hasty nation
Which marches through the breadth of the earth,
To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful;
Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. Habakkuk 1:5-7
Habakkuk is confused as to why the Lord would bring in more evil against the injustices he already sees. He seeks more answers and expresses more disagreement beginning in verse 12:
Are You not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment;
O Rock, You have marked them for correction.
You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
And cannot look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A person more righteous than he?
Why do You make men like fish of the sea,
Like creeping things that have no ruler over them? Habakkuk 1:12-14
Read the Lord’s reply:
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:2-4
The ruling principle on earth is control; humans prefer to have everything laid out for us. It is good to have a system of guidelines for life, but there is much more to walking with God than a system or formula.
The ruling principle in Heaven is peace because God is in control. God is not required to give us answers. But He wants us to experience Heavenly principles here on earth as we walk with Him. He wants us to trust Him, know that He is still in control even in our fallen world, and to experience the peace of trusting Him just because of who He is.
If you can learn to trust Him even when nothing makes sense, you can look pain and suffering in the eye and know that it can’t touch you! When things are not going your way, don’t whine and complain, fight and don’t give up! In the end, everyone will know that God is Lord:
For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
During hard times:
1. Fight to hold onto God even when you think He is unfair.
Sometimes your circumstances may seem unfair, but God asks you to trust Him even when things aren’t going your way.
2. Fight to hold onto God even when you think He is wrong.
Just as a child sometimes disagrees with his parent, it’s ok to disagree with God sometimes. The important thing to remember is to approach God from a place of honor and respect. “God, respectfully, I disagree with what’s happening. Can You help me understand?”
3. Fight to hold onto God because you know that He is always right.
Though circumstances may not be lining up with your own plan, you can trust in God’s character anyway and know that He loves you and has your best interest at heart.
Experiencing pain is simply part of living in our fallen world. So when everything gets turned upside down, you can cling to the Rock, Jesus Christ, who doesn’t move. If you didn’t cling to God in these times, where else could you go?
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. Habakkuk 3:19