Good News: God Hears Our Cries

Good News: God Hears Our Cries

The prophet Habakkuk asks God hard questions. People today are asking the same kind of questions. Why is there injustice in the world? Why does a woman develop incurable cancer?  Why do adults hurt children?  Why is there violence?  Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Why would a person murder someone they once loved? Will school shootings ever stop?  Why is there abuse of power? Why is there prejudice and oppression? Who will right the many wrongs in Ferguson, Missouri? For all the joy, delight, beauty, compassion and wonder of this world – of our lives – the reality is that the world is filled with harshness, inhumanity, suffering, indignity and unjust death. Even if our lives are in a restful, successful place we look and “see” as Habakkuk says, that “wrongdoing and look at trouble.”  Just as in Habakkuk’s time, “destruction and violence” are before us. In a world filled with bad news, the good news that is offered by Habakkuk is that God hears our cries. Read our scripture passage from the book of the Prophet Habakkuk here:  http://bible.oremus.org/ Habakkuk encourages the people to express their laments to God. To tell of their suffering. To call out the oppression they experience. To speak their truth to God. Even when he asks the question: “How long, how long, o Lord, will we cry out but you will not listen?”, the very question presumes that God is listening. Habakkuk helps the people of Israel give voice to their pain and their laments are joined with the laments of people through all time, even until today. What’s so...