“How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.”
Some days, the darkness can seem overwhelming; this is one of those days in the United States of America. Yesterday, a man pulled over for a missing tail light was shot 5 times by the officer who pulled him over. Today, retaliation in the streets, with 11 officers shot, 4 of them fatally. Destruction and violence are definitely before us. Conflict is abounding.
How we react to these events is very important to God. The first thing Habakkuk does is take his complaint to the LORD. Are you an intercessor or pray-er? These events are calling out for intercessory prayer. The Church cannot look away from injustice with integrity.
Will you be a light in the darkness? Joining with other lights to expose and unveil the fear and hatred behind today’s events – to push back the darkness?