Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
Yak, yak, yak, blah, blah, blah. Some people will never shut up. There’s not one moment of silence in their life. Would that drive you crazy? What would drive you even crazier is complete silence. It may seem like a blessing at first, but after a while, silence is actually deafening. Couples do it. An argument comes up, one or both get angry, and the silent treatment begins. After a while, little notes start popping up in the house. Neither wants to be the one to give in. The, “I want it my way” attitude kicks in. That is not love. Love is giving and kind. The silent treatment can be a tool, or, it can be a weapon.
In today’s verse Habakkuk faced the silent treatment of God. First he states the obvious. God cannot be around sin. It’s like shining a light into a closet trying to see the darkness. It can’t be done. So Habakkuk asks; if you can’t look at sin, how is it that you watch all this wickedness, and don’t say or do anything? You see, God has a different schedule than we do. Yes, He would punish those who were punishing Israel. Yet, He also needed to remain silent for now, to allow Israel to realize the consequences’ for their sin. This was probably as hard on God as it was on Habakkuk. Keeping silent with someone you love is hard to do. God’s love only let that silence continue so long, then He spoke up in the next chapter. Silence is a great communicator. However, it must be regulated by love. God prefers to answer us, than to be silent.
Silence is not really golden. However, with very few words you can make a day go from gloomy, to dreamy. You don’t have to say a lot. A simple, sincere; “I Love You” will most often do just fine.
Have you spoken out loud to God today,
and told Him that you love Him?
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