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sthr”, th 16-yar-ld daughtr a Christian pastr in Uzbkistan,was brutally batn by th plic
until sh was uncnscius bcaus sh tidt pvnt thm m haassing h ath.
Sh sud appalling injuis and is nw ina whlchai.
A small Brthrn assmbly in nrth-ast
Knya has sn tw its mmbs mudd
in a th-mnth pid, nt lng at a
Bthn chuch-plant in Uganda had bnkilld.
Ugandan Past Uma Mulind, wh
sught t stand up his aith, was butallyattackd with acid in th ac, and his y was badly damagd.
Ths cnt stis a but a w
ampls th gwing catalgu dath,injuy and sh butality that is bing mtdut t Chistians in many pats th wld.Thy ais a qustin: why? Why ds Gdallw His ppl t su t such a dg?
Why ds H nt intrvn? Why is H silnt?
Th ppht Habakkuk in chapt 1
his bk aiss a simila qustin. In vs1 h is dscibd as a psn wh “saw”a budn (NKJV). Th Hbw wd
Gd’s “acls”, which was tn usd by th pphts, als mans “budns”. Th budnthat Gd causd Habakkuk t s was that his ppl bing cushd by a butal invading
rc. Thir surings wuld b appalling. H
cis t Gd, but Gd sms t b silnt (1:2).
This is all the more difcult for Habakkuk to
cmphnd sinc h knws that Gd lvs
His ppl. S hw can a lving Gd bing allw such butality ths H lvs?Habakkuk’s qustin is natual, hlvs his Gd and h lvs his ppl. Manyhav aisd th distubing issu suing,
whth it b th ppht Jb Jsus u
Saviu dying n th css with th cy, “MyGd, My Gd, why hav Yu sakn M?”
(Matthw 27:46). Th apstl Paul and his
cmpanins wr “burdnd bynd masur,
abv stngth, s that w dspaid vn
li” (2 Crinthians 1:8, NKJV). Burdn quals prssur, and th prssur can b s havy that
n’s vy li is squzd ut by it.
Chistians tday wh su pssus
that sm bynd thi ability t ba sldmqustin thi cicumstancs. It is ths us
watching m th utsid wh ask why. It
wuld b asy t shut ur ys t what is taking plac simply bcaus w cannt bar t s thsuring ur brthrs and sistrs. But i it isGd wh causs us t s ths vnts and i it
is H wh placs ths budns upn us, thncan w ightly vad thm? In 2 Cinthians1 Paul uss his pinc immns, li-
crushing prssur t cmmunicat t thrs in
d t ncuag thi pay and suppt.
Is Gd ally silnt? In chapt 2Habakkuk dcids that h will watch t s
what Gd will say t him (2:1). B lngh is ady t spak Gd bing in His hly
tmpl with all th arth in silnc br Him
(2:20). In chapt 3 Habakkuk dscibs Gdas a maching amy that will vanquish ths
wh hav prscutd and brutalisd His ppl
and dliv His ppl in th ultimat victy.
In chaptr 2 h had alrady sn th rmarkabl
vision of the day when the earth shall be “lled
with knwldg th glry th Lrd as th
wats cv th sa” (2:14).
But what nw? Nw w must liv
with uncertainty and potential difculties: the barren g tree and vine, the empty cattle stall
(3:17-18). But thugh th Ld may sm
silnt, H is wking His pupss ut, bth
amng th pscutd chuchs and amng
us, His wn gly, in which w shall shan day.
In th wds th ancint Litugy
Let all mortal esh keep silence,
and with a and tmbling stand;Pnd nthing athly-mindd, with blssing in his hand,Chist u Gd t ath dscndthu ull hmag t dmand.*D Patick SkhdIntnatinal Dict
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