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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, vols.

September 19: Honestly Questioning God
Habakkuk 1:1–2:5

Many people are afraid to be honest with God—which is odd, considering that He already knows what we're thinking. The biblical authors certainly told God how they felt, and they did so eloquently and often.
The prophet Habakkuk remarked, “O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? How long will I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ and you will not save?” (Hab 1:1–2). Habakkuk felt that God was not answering his prayers—that God was ignoring his petitions. He reminded God of the desperate need for His intercession. In doing so, Habakkuk reminds us that wrestling with God is a healthy and necessary component of following Him.
Habakkuk went on to make more desperate, even angry, pleas: “Why do you cause me to see evil while you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice does not go forth perpetually. For the wicked surround th…