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Habakkuk a Case Study in "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People"

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God Is Not Fair: He Is Absolutely Excellent!!!

Habakkuk A Case Study in “Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People”

Habakkuk is a wonderful short, sweet, powerful book in the Old Testament that is packed with wisdom. The beauty is Habakkuk name means to embrace. He is a strong tender yet wise spiritual teacher. As a Watchman for the Lord his genuine love for God's people manifests. Yet, he is perplexed by what is happening. The prophet Habakkuk asks God, “Why are things not fair? And why does God not do something? He prophecies during the final reign of the Assyrian Empire and right when the Babylonians began to increasingly grow in power to control and dominate the world. The Chaldeans were being sent to judge Judah. The key scripture is: “Lord I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”

This miniature book illustrates just how powerful God is, consisting of only three chapters. God can use any situation to demonstrate His mighty power. God eventually answers Habakkuk; this is why this book is so valuable. God tells him to “Look among the nations and watch ~ Be utterly astounded!” Only for a season did God allow the cruel treatment to take place. It is here He uses the unbelieving decadent Babylonian pagan nation to reprimand His rebellious nation of people. In turn the Babylonians in time would also suffer punishment for their wickedness...

GOD Is a just GOD!

The Book of Habakkuk boldly demonstrates that our complete Faith and Trust must be in God. Then we can have complete confidence in Him. It is only in GOD where you can discover true "Security & Significance!" When there is much pain, sorrow, deception, betrayal, sickness, trouble and distress going on about you in this world trust God. Continually make Him your focus. This does not mean you are being self-centered or do not care. Your priority is to see Abba Father's will! One must turn first to God and not man. Allow Him to direct you. Remember “TRUST in the LORD with ALL thine heart and lean not to your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge HIM and HE WILL direct your path.” Proverbs 3

Although we can study and learn spiritually as well as intellectually what actually opens the door to our spiritual wisdom and understanding, it is our personal relationship with the Lord that matters most. It is so important to know God’s Word for yourself! To regularly and consistently spend time with HIM in HIS WORD. It is here through the divine power of His Holy Spirit; His Comforter and Teacher where learning the essential keys of life resides. Despite everything that goes on in the world it is important to keep in mind “GOD IS STILL & ALWAYS WILL BE IN CONTROL!” GOD alone forever deserves to be worshiped, honored and PRAISED!

Habakkuk vociferously cries out to the Lord for help! There is very little known about Habakkuk, there is less personal information recorded on him than any other prophet. Yet, it is quite clear he is ever so very powerful. There was much going on about him. He knew without doubt what his purpose was. Always seek to live to please God, rather than to be recognized by man. Always know that your purpose is also to live to first give Glory to God. Just like many complex things are going on in the 21st century today know God is always more than able. It is important to know that God is available 24/7 wherever we are. Like Habakkuk we too can turn to the Lord in times of distress as well as when we are happy and content for come what may each day is always a precious gift from God. He tells us “Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem the righteous, so that justice is perverted. Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed.” Habakkuk 1

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Look how applicable God's Word is today. Remember, although “bad things are happening to good people” God has not forgotten us. There are many complex things happening all around the world. But God is greater than any circumstance. CHRIST JESUS never sinned, and He is the eternal epitome of GOOD. Yet, He was brutally beaten, persecuted, spat upon, lied on and treated with utter contempt. Then heinously nailed to a cross. He died for the sins of the world. But yet, He arose victoriously with ALL POWER from the grave. As God's Will embodied in sinless flesh Jesus toiled on earth with mankind for 33 (thirty-three) years. HALLELUJAH CHRIST JESUS!

So, when you know that things are not right, when you know that there have been injustices against you or others it is important to know God in His time will vindicate you. Never seek vengeance... Don't worry about how things look. Sometimes you just have to be patient and humbly wait on the Lord. Do not let others pull you into their storms or personal grievances against others. Nothing comes our way that gets by the Lord. Patience is a virtue. It is by patience you possess your soul. GOD Always Knows,” in the meantime draw even closer to the Lord. God will never forsake us. Allow Him to insulate you with His Comforter His Precious Holy Spirit! Stay in the WORD! Shift your FOCUS to the LORD!

You must learn to put things in their proper perspective!

How often have you heard someone say, “That’s not fair!” What does it mean to be fair? According to Webster’s it means, pleasing to the eye or mind a flawless quality; clear legible, unbiased or impartial. What makes anyone think that life is fair? Life is not fair, but GOD is ALWAYS ABLE to DO the IMPOSSIBLE! GOD IS ALWAYS right! As Habakkuk says, “The righteous will live by Faith!” The Apostle Paul also says this in Romans and again in Galatians. It is also once again confirmed in Hebrews. Wow! God's Word is awesome. The question is often asked; "Why does bad things happen to good people?" Bad things happen because we live in a world saturated with sin. Really, in essence the TRUTH is only GOD IS GOOD!

Judah, God’s people had a series of wicked kings that did not subscribe to God’s way, they rejected Him and His principles. They adopted the ways of the world. Yet many still continued to follow them as well as the false prophets. But Judah had a young King Josiah, he still believed and trusted in God, but his successors did not. King Josiah tried to turn their hearts back to the Lord, but it only lasted for a season. He had instituted significant spiritual reforms in Judah. Eventually they were finally invaded and taken into Babylonian captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar. During captivity they were oppressed, persecuted and their possessions were taken away. The Babylonians were a strong military force they were a nation that plundered the goods of many. Does any of this sound familiar? Habakkuk was aware that the Babylonians were being used to punish Judah. He realized that there were some things that they would experience that did not seem fair…

Habakkuk realized that the people were going through because actually they were being disciplined. He prays to God on their behalf and asks for mercy. He did not quite understand why this was happening, but He trusted God anyway! “O Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in your day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3 Regardless how things look or appear and no matter what happens God always does what is right!

There are many things in our little finite minds that we will never quite understand. But we can surely always lean, depend upon and Trust the Lord. For God has given us His Comforter, His Holy Spirit. He will lead us to all Truth. We should always appreciate this precious Gift. We know without doubt that God will never leave nor forsake us. God tells us to not to lean to our own understanding, but to trust Him in all things! He is an all knowing; omniscient, infinite God who always knows exactly what is going on everywhere. Habakkuk knew that God would triumph. We too can be reassured He will in His time vindicate us when we are sincere and faithful to Him. He in His time will work it all out for our Good when we are faithful to Him. We must learn how to patiently wait for Him. We must focus on God and not the circumstance. I can truly say; "GOD has always been GOOD to me/us!" Our strength and Joy come from the Lord! When others rise up against us when we have helped them, we do fear not. Even though it may appear that others or the wicked prosper at your expense sometimes; in the long run they really don’t!


Today when many are turning away from God’s principles, when right is yoking up with what is wrong. When the world is saying this is right and the scriptures is saying that is wrong… "When GOOD is called evil and evil is called good..." Don't go along with it. The world has nested itself within the midst of God's Church. Many of the Church are conforming to the ways of the world... PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT! ALWAYS PRAY FOR THE INFILLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPRIT!

When nothing seems to make sense; “Wait on the Lord!” We never get to the point that we are not susceptible to spiritual attacks and oppression no matter how much we plan or grow spiritually. We will forever be dependent upon the Lord and His guidance. This is why we have to continuously "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" and daily seek God’s face. Many forget that GOD sees it all. He does not have selective memory! Have Faith in GOD. This is why we ALL need Christ Jesus as Savior & Lord! We all will always and forever need God. Daily praise God for His Precious Holy Spirit! & Begin to worship Him and say, Hallelujah anyhow! FOR I KNOW MY ABBA FATHER GOD WILL VICTORIOUSLY BRING ME/US THROUGH...

One can be encouraged as Habakkuk reminds us how “the sun and moon stood still in their habitation!” This happened when Israel gained victory over the Amorites at Gibeon the Lord made the sun stand still during a battle for Joshua! (See Joshua 10) There was even a miraculous arrival of great hailstones that killed many. The people of God endured many hardships and endured longsuffering. God has ways to intervene that go far beyond the understanding of man. Although we cannot always see or understand what God is doing, we have to learn to trust Him!

We must exercise our faith. Because; "without Faith it is impossible to please God." God had told them not to fear and had assured them that He was with them. While going through He will give us; "His Peace that surpasses the understanding of man." We should always consult God and pray. We can speak to Him and let Him know how we are feeling even though He already knows. It is during this time we draw close to Him. For God will take us through the test and trials designed by man and over the landmines put in our path. It does not matter how many joins together against us... ABBA FATHER GOD WILL GET THE VICTORY!!!

Let's bring it home. Look around today and see there are many nations having economic difficulties. Pestilence and plagues all about us... Many families in crisis, a multiplicity of marriages resulting in divorces, alternative lifestyles & same sex relationships abound, sickness, breathing ailments, diseases, plagues, flooding, massive earthquakes, senseless random mass shootings, volcanoes and a plethora of natural disasters. This Pandemic Coronavirus is a venomous plague like no other. It is an invisible enemy. It seeks to take the very breath of life away from its victims. It has been vehemently rampant among us reaching far and wild. It has impacted the entire world and taken many casualties... One had to even practice embrace "social distancing" and "sheltering at home" to help mitigate this infectious invisible enemy. It has shut down jobs, gyms, places of worship, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, salons, sporting events etc. It has caused many multitudes of people all over the world to seek shelter in their homes. Keep in mind it has not left us. Unfortunately, we have had to learn to adjust and live with it here on earth.

But look at GOD; your home really should be a shelter away from the world... Commit to making it a safe "Ark!"

Know God is More than Able! God is here to help us endure any hardships that may ever arise in life. Life is full of many mountaintop experiences as well times in the valley. Being a believer means that you have committed to trust God! It is to Him we must look to and have faith in. He is Sovereign and greater than any situation. God really does have a solution to every problem. The TRUTH of the matter is many do not want to hear what GOD has to say in the midst of a crisis, or issues. For many you will seem negative. This is why it is so important to consistently spend time in the presence of the Lord even when things are going well. Going to Bible Study is fine. But having your own personal Bible Study is just as Important. Here is how we daily learn to thrive as well as; "Walk in the Light!"

Man's timing is not always God's timing. You need to take time and "BE STILL & KNOW" This is how you keep yourself positioned to hear from the Lord. Don't let others pull you into their chaos. Some live to please others and simply be what they want them to be. Not knowing that it is far better to live to please GOD who is omnipresent and always available to help them in any situation. You must be willing to accept His guidance. He is more than able to take you through the trials and tribulations of life. You can rise above anything as well as any situation, behavior or trial with the Lord! You do not have to remain in chaos. He wants to daily multiply and manifest the "FRUIT of HIS SPIRIT!" within You.

GOD'S WORD is being fulfilled right before our very eyes. Therefore, do commit to also make your home a safe "Ark" away from the world where Almighty God is always & forever welcomed. However, it is your choice...

Be ready to speak or to be silent. Be ready and be prepared to move when the Lord directs. Most of all be or learn to be patient. Know that the Lord will never tell you to do anything that goes against HIS WORD! I assure you whatever your situation may be when you truly LOVE GOD and sincerely live to please HIM, you will see life quite differently. You will become "Peculiar!" KNOW without doubt: In HIS time, HE truly does; "Work ALL things together for the GOOD!"


Habakkuk concludes with an illustration of a deer. Notice how a deer can manage to scale and climb up the rugged terrain of a seemingly impossible mountain yet he doesn’t slip. God can take us to and through everything for He is able to keep us from falling. As Habakkuk says: “Yet I will REJOICE in the LORD, I will be JOYFUL in GOD my SAVIOR. The SOVEREIGN LORD is my STRENGTH; HE makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He Enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3

Take some quiet time to listen to the Lord. Meditate upon His Word and allow Him to speak to your heart. Rejoice and Thank God daily for His precious Holy Spirit, His Comforter. In Him you can discover your purpose. God wants to take us to higher heights and deeper depths. Therefore, Keep looking to the LORD! It is here in Habakkuk we find “The LORD is in HIS HOLY TEMPLE. Let all the earth keep silent before HIM” Habakkuk 2


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Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 27, 2013:

Sgbrown, So glad that you enjoyed this! You are so right: "We have to have Faith that God knows what is right..." AMEN! His WORD teaches us that "All things work together for the GOOD" We may not understand in the moment but at some point we can rest assured that GOD will work it out for the GOOD! As you well stated; " To make me stronger for what was to come!" Amen!

Thank you for stopping by to share your spiritual insight! Please do stop by again. In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 25, 2013:

This is a wonderful piece! I too have wondered why certain things happen. But I also know that everything happens for a reason, for His reason and though we may not know what it is, we have to have faith that God knows what is right. I can look back on my life and understand why some things did happen in my life, to make me stronger for what was to come. Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 25, 2012:

Happyboomernurse Yes & THANK YOU!! You have grasped my sentiments... We are certainly living in some difficult times... Some of the things that are happening are very difficult to wrap my brain around them. But from the spiritual perspective I know that the Word of God is being fulfilled! Therefore we can expect the unthinkable... Despite what is happening we must draw even closer to the LORD..... When we place our Faith in GOD there is always hope...

What is so wonderful about the Lord we can CELEBRATE the birth of our Lord everyday! MERRY CHRISTmas to You and Your love ones! PRAISE GOD that we can REJOICE in the LORD knowing that we have A BLESSED SAVIOR! So ENJOY!!!

Gail, Your gracious comments are welcomed and appreciated! Thank You for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Mercy, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 24, 2012:

This is a powerful reminder that we must put our faith in God, not people.

Thanks for sharing this case study and drawing parallels to our current, difficult times.

Am voting it up across the board except for funny.

Hope You and Your Family Have a Merry Christmas and Many Blessings in the Coming Year,


Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 06, 2012:

Stars, Thank You! BE ENCOURAGED! Thank You fo stopping by, you are so welcome! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on November 28, 2012:

Dear Mr.s DeBorrah : There is always much to learn from you're knowledge. Wonderful hub, and thank you for sharing it. God Bless You, and you're family.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 10, 2010:

James A Watkins, Thank you for your witty as well as editorial observations! Habakkuk is delightful and powerful! I am humbled by your encouraging comments! Your presence here is appreciated, In His Love & Blessings!


James A Watkins from Chicago on February 09, 2010:

It looks like you have attracted a new fan there. :D

The article on Habakkuk is excellent as are all of your works. Many lessons are drawn out by you here from this little book. You are expert at explicating God's Word. That is quite a gift. Thank you.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 09, 2010:

Rev Lady, Thank you as always! Very powerful Scriptures! As you stated: “The Christian community is always, in some sense, away from home. We are a band of exiles whose hopes are fixed on another home, the New Jerusalem.” We really do have to be mindful that our final destination is with the Lord and live each day in preparation for that time….

Wonderful illustrations you have give of those oppressed for various reasons. However we sing and say Hallelujah anyhow, because “The JOY of the Lord is our strength.”

As you so powerfully stated: “We sing the Lord’s song not only to keep our spirits up, not only in defiance to show our dissatisfaction with the way things are, but we sing it in faith. We sing the Lord’s song in the sure and certain hope that the God who has been at work all through human history is still at work and in full control. We will keep on singing, even with tears in our eyes, even with sorrow in our hearts, and even with heavy burdens on our backs.” Amen & AMEN! There is much PEACE when we truly KNOW that God knows our hearts!

You are quite welcome… Thank you for your humbling comments. I thank the Lord for you be the rare precious jewel you are in your consistent sincere efforts to make a difference for the Lord! May His FAVOR and PEACE rest upon you! Thank you for sharing & caring! In HIS love & Blessings!

farooqueum from mannarkad on February 07, 2010:

i love you revlady

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on February 06, 2010:

Great Hub Deborah K

While reading this WONDERFULLY stimulating hub, Psalm 137 drifted into my mind. It comes from another time and from another people held prisoner far from home. Overcome by devastation, they asked, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” The Christian community is always, in some sense, away from home. We are a band of exiles whose hopes are fixed on another home, the New Jerusalem.

How can we, in the meantime, sing the Lord’s song in a world that is turning its back on our Lord and becoming increasingly hostile and violent?

We sing it as those prisoners sang it in the Japanese camps in the Pacific. We sing it as Blacks did in the cotton fields of the south. We sing it as the Jews did in the concentration camps of Auschwitz. We sing the Lord’s song even though the world is not as it should be. We sing it to sustain us; we sing in defiance; and we sing it as a bold sign to the world of our hope in Jesus Christ.

As “resident aliens,” how can we eat, laugh and raise our voices in song when the planet is stressed out and its people spiritually dislocated? We sing the Lord’s song as a gesture of hope, as an act of trust and confidence that God is not finished with the human race yet. We sing the Lord’s song not only to keep our spirits up, not only in defiance to show our dissatisfaction with the way things are, but we sing it in faith. We sing the Lord’s song in the sure and certain hope that the God who has been at work all through human history is still at work and in full control. We will keep on singing, even with tears in our eyes, even with sorrow in our hearts, and even with heavy burdens on our backs.

No, "life is not fair, but God is." Notice escapes His notice and He is working everything out according to His wisdom and purpose. This is our song and ever shall be.

Thank you for this priceless hub DeBorrah. It is indeed a jewel.

Forever His,

farooqueum from mannarkad on February 05, 2010:

i love you

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 05, 2010:

BDazzler, Habakkuk was so down to earth and quite inspiring! Yes! It really is wonderful to know that the Bible was written by genuine, real inspired people! God truly is GOOD! Thank you for visiting and sharing. Please do come again! Peace & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 04, 2010:

Itakins, You are so right! I definitely believe some of the chaos in Haiti could have been prevented. Inferior building and sweat shops a big No NO! Living in California I am aware that an earthquake can come at any moment. Not that it makes a building or home invincible, but there are additional construction requirements! There is no doubt that the construction was inferior… We have helped to sponsor a mission group that has taken doctors, school supplies and ... Over the years they expressed their concerns….

Your comments are most appreciated and welcomed, however long or short! We are on the same page here! A lot of what is happening could have been prevented… Now it is a must that HAITI be rebuilt… I too love the Lord! All too often He is blamed for something that could have been avoided by man! This is why I say that “Life is not FAIR, but God Is!” Thank you for taking the time to visit and share, In His love & Blessings

BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on February 04, 2010:

Habakkuk is one of my favorite prophets. He could say, "God, are you crazy!?" and still have the utmost faith in Him. He is proof that the bible is by about real people with very real questions and fears, and that God is good even when it looks bad.

itakins from Irl on February 04, 2010:

Another great hub-

No life is not necessarily meant to be fair;but perhaps acute on chronic hardships suffered by people ie Haiti could have been prevented-or at least the inpact of them; if we all looked after each other in a more Christlike way-from sharing building techniques to not supporting sweatshop labour Some day we may all have to answer the question'What did I not do,that I could have done to make life a bit more tolerable for my fellow men-My neighbours.

There are no guarantees in life-except the obvious one-we all die.

I love God with my whole heart-but I must show this love by recognising His image in all and through His grace avail of whatever opportunities I can to help with 'damage linitation' and help prevent the avoidable Bad Things.

God Bless-and excuse length .

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

A M Werner, It is really interesting how hard Josiah tried to get them back on track! It is clear he knew how important it was to “Worship God!” You have made a really good point here!

You are quite right we do need to prepare ourselves spiritually! There will always be more test and trials… There is much to learn from the many illustrations we have in the Word, That can help to prepare us for what's ahead... This is why we must learn to Trust God … Thank you for visiting and taking the time to share! Peace & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

Farooqueum, Thank you! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

Saintatlarge, Thank you! You have made some really great points! As you stated;“There are natural elements within creation such as …” It is not realistic to think that nothing bad will happen. Nor must we live paranoid afraid to do anything because something will. This is why I say it is important to learn to TRUST GOD! Each day we can find something to be thankful for…

"Life is not always Fair, but GOD IS!" This is a powerful and wonderful scripture you have shared from Romans! I so agree! “I am convinced that neither death nor life nor…” Thank you for visiting and sharing Yes! “I will Bless the Lord at all times His PRAISE will continually be in my mouth….” Peace & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

godPreacher, Habakkuk is wonderful! The ending prayer in the 3rd chapter is powerful! Yes! "I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God of my Salvation."

Thank you for visiting and sharing your kind and insightful comments! In His Love & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

Lady E, Our ultimate purpose in life is to KNOW the Lord and discover His plan for our lives! In the Lord there is always HOPE no matter what the situation! HE is ABLE!

There is so much going on in this world! Tsunamis, Rwandan Genocide, Sept 11, Wars, Earthquakes in divers places... The latest disaster in Haiti situation is unfortunate... On the other hand, NOW they are finally receiving the worldwide attention that has been needed for some time! Finally many are coming together to their aid! Much continued pray needed for them of course!

I see the Word of God being fulfilled! Habakkuk saw many things happening and asked "why" as well? Then he realized that in spite of what was going on "God is in control" We too must continue to TRUST God and turn to Him! GOD has not forsaken us and never will... "He is through everlasting"

There is more to come... It is important that we as believers seek Him daily. And encourage those who do not know Him to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior! "It is by His mercy we are not consumed!" As long as there is breath in the body one can turn to the Lord Thank you as always and much love, Peace & Blessings!

Allen Werner from West Allis on February 03, 2010:

DeBorrah, I couldn't help while reading this, to think of Josiah; how he went out breaking the idols, cutting down the groves, and tearing down the high places. You stated emphatically that the Lord alone should be worshipped, honored and praised. A person's spiritual captivity can be equated to the many captivities the Yisraelites found themselves in. All too often, they walked into it by worshipping, honoring and praising the accomplishments of other men. We live in a world of monuments to memory. Reminders of these past glories can blind us to the truths of today. In our lives, we need to realize that there will always be more tests and trials. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually for those things to come or find ourselves too oppressed by the past for the Lord to help us. It can be a difficult balance if we try to hold onto everything. We just have to let go and let Yah. Peace.

farooqueum from mannarkad on February 03, 2010:

I love you deborrah k

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

Unchained Grace, What you say is quite true! We can see what is happening… One must remember! Jesus who never sinned, yet in the flesh He greatly suffered as well as His disciples… His suffering was for us! He redeemed us and in Him we have SALVATION and the gift of Eternal Life! God has given us His Word to reassure us that regardless of what is going on “He is STILL in CONTROL!” This is why I say; "Life is not fair, But God is!" Thank God for His Holy Spirit!

I do not know firsthand of the atrocities of Vietnam… But three of my natural born brothers served in Vietnam. One being a special officer… I can recall the many letters, stories, pictures of devastation and…. I also know that they all experienced much emotional anguish never to be the same again…. The consequences of war is ongoing….

We are living in some very interesting times. The fulfilling of the Lord’s Word is all around us! This is so if you choose to believe in God or not! It does not change the fact that He is! We sing the hymn “We Are Soldiers In The Army” we are! But that does not necessarily mean to just march around the building as an usher… It is important to know God’s Word and realize that life will bring some serious challenges. But we can ALWAYS “Lean and trust on God” Yes as you say “we are pieces of a puzzle!” But Praise be to God He is the Maker of us all! ALL of His WORD is TRUE! “ALL things work together for the GOOD for those who Love HIM, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Thank you for sharing your heartfelt comments! In His Love & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 03, 2010:

Phillipo, You are quite welcome! Thank you for sharing your keen insight! Yes, Thank GOD HE is not a man! Thank God that we can lean and depend on HIM no matter what happens! Thank you for taking the time to visit! In His Love & Blessings!

Saint Lawrence from Canada on February 03, 2010:

gp beat me to the punch line. Great hub DeBorrah. God has made the world and he said, "it is good!" There are natural elements within creation such as the moving of plates in the crust of the earth that can cause disasters, earthquakes, volcanos and their related repercussions. People who live in California make a choice to live on the edge of disaster. The Japans are full of disaster waiting to happen, but people stay. We all want to believe that bad things will not come near our door, but that is a falicy. As Christians we have 1 solid unshakable truth from God that says, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom.8.38,39 We have one consolation in our prayers, from the Lord's prayer, "keep us from, (or deliver us from) the evil one..." Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his Holy Name.

godpreacher from Atlanta,Ga. on February 03, 2010:


You are right in saying that the book of Habakkuk is a book packed with wisdom. I love the ending of the third chapter, where Habakkuk really gets it saying, " Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall be fruit in the vines; the labor of the olives shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

Great Hub

God Bless

Elena from London, UK on February 03, 2010:

A timely Hub - I have read and heard a lot of people say "Where is God"? in the Haiti situation. I thought to myself - If I was asked that question, I wouldn't know how to answer the people, because God is Love after all.

How do I begin to explain.

Also, bad things happen to christians too. This Hub is an eye opener. May God's mercies be upon as all.

Have a lovely day. :)

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on February 02, 2010:

At this stage, many of us are as Habbakkuk was. He saw what was happening, knew God had a reason, and chose to maintain his faith believing God for His infinite wisdom. Still, there are others who defiantly claim there cannot be a God who would allow these atrocities to occur to innocent people. During my 2.5 tours in Nam, I was of the latter.

When your life is a physical nightmare day in and day out and all you see is the burning and raping and wanton destruction of human life solely for the enforcement of political ideals, I challenge anyone to get off their idealistic high horse and see why some have gotten so hardcore when it comes to faith and all related issues. It's one thing to see it on the evening news. It's quite another to hold a 1-2 year old baby in your arms burned up from napalm and have some army chaplain tell you to praise the Lord.

Why am I saying this? Life is not fair. It really in the end don't matter. EVERYTHING IS A TEST! What I had to learn for me is that we were not guaranteed a quiet stroll down the yellow brick road when we gave our lives to Christ. What we were guaranteed was that we now have someone we can turn to. What happens is not for us to ask why. It is not for us to know. We don't see the big picture. All we have is a few pieces of a 1,000,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. That's it.

Philipo from Nigeria on February 02, 2010:

Thank God for He has not left the affairs of this world on the hands of men. Thank God for He alone determines how far a man can go in life. Thank God for He is not a man. Thank you for this inspirational book of Habakkuk. Remain blessed.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 02, 2010:

Peacenhim, Thank you! Yes we must always "Keep the Faith" no matter what! Just keep in mind "this too shall pass" be encouraged! Continue to look to Him! Yes "The righteous will live by FAITH! In His love & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 02, 2010:

Proudgrandpa, Thank you NEIL for your prompt response! You are quite welcome! Thank you for sharing your insightful comments! It is wonderful knowing that God's GRACE is a gift! You are so right "you can't buy it, you can't earn it, it just IS." And NO ONE can take it! Praise God! Blessings!

peacenhim on February 02, 2010:

Great Hub Deborah K.!! This story certainly puts things in perspective, and encourages us to keep the FAITH no matter how bad things seem at the moment. "The Righteous will live by Faith!" quotes Habakkuk and Paul. Two very wise men of the Bible.....who walked the walk! Thanks for the message of FAITH!! In His Love.

proudgrandpa on February 02, 2010:

Great food for thought Deborrah. I once read that the universe isn't fair, but them it isn't unfair, it is just the universe. Thanks for raising one of the great quandries for those that think they can earn God's grace. You can't buy it, you can't earn it, it just IS. NEIL

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