About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
The Midst Of The Mess
at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going
to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you
1960's and 70's Charismatic Movement Habakkuk 1:5 was often quoted as if
it had a present-day prophetic fulfillment of God pouring an unbelievable blessing
on us within that movement. Is
that what this verse is all about?
historical context of this verse concerns
response to Habakkuk's questions and complaints, God told him to look
around, observe, and be utterly amazed, something Habakkuk was already
doing. It was why he was
furious with God in the first place. Why
did God ask His prophet to do something he was already doing?
I believe God wanted Habakkuk to take a step back and see the
mess from His perspective, not his own perspective.
God was doing something among the nations that Habakkuk missed.
He was not sitting around doing nothing, as Habakkuk thought.
The bloodshed and violence was in fact God's doing.
amazingly unbelievable thing God would do was to have Babylon
utterly desecrate Jerusalem
in 586 BC. The destruction
of God's nation and people would not have caused Habakkuk to jump for
joy, as we were doing in the Charismatic Movement in 1972.
apostle Paul put his New Testament prophetic spin on Habakkuk 1:5 and it
wasn't like the spin we put on it in 1972.
While talking to the Jews of his day, Paul told them this.
Acts 13:40 and 41 read:
care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: Look,
you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your
days that you would never believe, even if someone told you."
Habakkuk, Paul warned the Jews that if they did not repent and hand
their lives over to Jesus, an unbelievable thing would happen to them,
and it did. Just like Babylon
my twenty-first century prophetic spin on Habakkuk 1:5.
God can certainly do the amazingly unbelievable thing today, but
it can look pretty messy at times. It
can include violence and bloodshed as an act of judgment to accomplish
His will. I realize this is
easier said than done, but in the midst of all the cultural upheaval and
any needed participation on our part, God wants us to step back and see
things from His perspective. He
wants us to fully trust that He is accomplishing His will in the midst
of the mess.