The Mystery of God & Evil

October 25, 2020 • Grayson Gilbert • Habakkuk 1:1–13

Every person has asked the question at some point in their lives: why does a good God allow evil? The book of Habakkuk gives us an answer to this question, but in a rather curious way. In this answer, we find four mysteries revealed about the actions of God in an evil world:

1.) The Mystery of God's Indifference: God's Timing is Not Our Timing.
2.) The Mystery of God's Answers: God's Answers are Not Our Answers.
3.) The Mystery of God's Instruments: God's Ways are Not Our Ways.
4.) The Mystery of God's Judgments: God's Judgments are Final.

More from Habakkuk

Praising God for the Evil Days

December 27, 2020 • Grayson Gilbert • Habakkuk 3

In the final chapter of the book of Habakkuk, the prophet has a face-to-face encounter with the living God that changes his entire perspective of the coming judgment through Babylon. Whereas before, the problem of evil left the prophet indignant toward God, he now sees God as He is: worthy of all praise. Yet this heart change does not simply produce recognition of the fact that God is worthy of praise. Habakkuk rejoices for the evil days ahead, namely, because He rejoices in the God of His salvation.

How Then Shall We Live in Evil Days?

November 22, 2020 • Grayson Gilbert • Habakkuk 1:12—2:20

In this next section of the book of Habakkuk, the prophet raises yet another complaint against the Lord. The prophet does not see how God's use of Babylon can be consistent with His own character and promises. Rather than relent of His plans to judge Judah through this wicked nation, the Lord simply reaffirms His decree to the indignant prophet. Indeed, Judah shall see evil days ahead for her rebellion. Thus, the question for the people of God becomes: How then shall we live in evil days? The answer: The just shall live by his faithfulness.