How Long, Lord?

By Patrick Hawthorne


“God, how long do I have to cry out for help before you listen?  How many times do I have to yell, “Help! Murder! Police!” before You come to the rescue?  Why do You force me to look at evil, stare trouble in the face day after day?  Anarchy and violence break out, quarrels and fights all over the place.  Law and order fall to pieces.  Justice is a joke.  The wicked have the righteous hamstrung and stand justice on its head.”

Would it surprise you to learn that the above was written a little over two-thousand-six-hundred years ago by a prophet by the name of Habakkuk?  I have little doubt that if I had not told you your first impression would be to think that those were my words.  After all, they perfectly describe current events, do they not?

Habakkuk was in a similar situation as we are in today in the United States as well as most parts of the world. Evil has ramped up its game and it appears that all things righteous have been lost.  Many of faith are losing hope and declaring, “What’s the use?”

If this describes you, please take heart to what I write.  The same God who worked in the days of Habakkuk is the same God at work today.  And, as with Habakkuk, I believe the same words spoken to him by God apply equally to this chosen generation.  Look at God’s response to Habakkuk.

“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,” (Hab 1:5 NKJV). The Lord was telling Habakkuk that a plan was already in motion that was so grand that he would have uttered the words, “I don’t believe it,” had he been told up front.

Later on the Lord, in response to another comment by Habakkuk says, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the JUST (the righteous) SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” (Hab 2:4 NKJV)

It is at this point that we see a shift in the thought process of Habakkuk.  Yes there was chaos; yes there was turmoil; yes it looked like there was no hope.  However, look at his final words in chapter three.

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—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Be assured that God has a plan, is working that plan, and knows the ending of that plan.  He is looking to us, His children, to continue to run our race and to point this dying world to Jesus before the final curtain drops.  Though it may look like there is no hope, be assured that God is at work!  If you don’t believe me, go to the end of the Bible.  Jesus is coming back quickly.  Be blessed.

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4 comments on “How Long, Lord?
  1. Reading this renewed my hope, Patrick. Thank you for the inspiration!


  2. I’m glad your hope is renewed. Every now and then we all need little reminders.


  3. Hi Partrick, I was answering your comment on my blog this morning and I accidentally sent it to spam…but I want to thank you for your support. I guess we’d better start practicing praise so that in Heaven, we’ll know how to converse! I praise God for men like you who live to serve Him and reach out to others. Have a wonderful Sunday, Patrick.


  4. Thank you for you kind words


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