As an American, it can be difficult at times to contemplate how other nations consider us. Much of the world derides the United States of America because of our foreign policy. When I have traveled or lived in other countries, I could feel the attitudes of people change towards me based on what our government was doing in other countries. I know that the heart of most Americans is good, pure, and does not want us to be involved in wars in any country. Unfortunately, our government sometimes has a different approach, and much of the world considers us in a similar way to the Chaldeans in these verses.
In the selected passage, Habbakuk speaks about the Chaldeans, a vicious and violent people that offend others, kill, deride, and believe in their own God. He wonders how God can stand beside and not look upon them with iniquity. He wonders how God can hold his tongue and not correct the behavior of these wicked people, devouring the good and letting evil reign. I understand the anger that he might feel, but I also understand the opposite side.
Americans are not totally evil! Some people may disagree, but I know that there is good in every person, country, and religion. Humans are not responsible for passing judgment and dictating how God should act.
Be patient, faithful and remember the gifts that God has has given each and everyone of us rather than thinking of negative actions of others. Focus on the positive in your life given by God. Don’t give in to evildoers for any reason. Ask God for help in all of your ways all day long. Remember that this world belongs to God not us. Trust God to WIN the battles for you. Thank the Lord for everything in your life.
The Lord made the ultimate sacrifice because of His LOVE for us. His vengeance should be feared but His love must never be forgotten. What can we offer up to the Lord while living below the heaven? What can we do that compares?
Lord Almighty, I offer a sacrifice for You. You have given us Your one true son, please accept this meager bounty. Lord, hear my prayer. I will follow Your teachings and grow Your flock, Your are my Lord. Thanks be to God in Jesus name Amen Amen.