Giving up on God - Hope 103.2

Giving up on God

By David ReayTuesday 15 Apr 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Habakkuk 3:17-19

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
         and there are no grapes on the vines;
      even though the olive crop fails,
         and the fields lie empty and barren;
      even though the flocks die in the fields,
         and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
         I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength!

         He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
         able to tread upon the heights. (NLT)

There are many people around who have given up on God because of all the suffering in the world. Or because of all the suffering in their life. Our first reaction might be one of considerable sympathy. Shouldn’t a powerful and loving God be able to erase such suffering? Why bother with a God who either doesn’t care enough to stop the pain or doesn’t have the capacity to stop it?

Very good questions which have preoccupied both the great and the not-so-great over the centuries. Without ever really solving the problem! But is the issue of unjust suffering enough to turn our backs on God? What good will it do us to give up on God? Does it make the pain go away or make suffering more tolerable?

The prophet Habakkuk figured it was better to cling to faith. Even though life was hard and things happened that defied reason and that were beyond understanding,he hung on to God. His God might not solve the problem of unfair pain,but he made him surefooted enough to go on living in spite of the mystery.

Faith does have its challenges,but faithlessness doesn’t make it better. Beware of jumping from the frying pan of faith into the fire of unbelief.

David Reay