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Do you ever get tired of the times?
Sick - Noise - Failure - Mine - Ugliness
Sometimes I am tired, just sick of the noise, failure (some mine), and ugliness of these times. Evil seems to prevail and good flustered. Why stand for the right? Why not just despair and go play some endless online game? But if we are tired, there are those at the very bottom, with not even the time or ability to read online. Seeing injustice triumph, decadence spread, tyranny empowered grinds away at our hope.
The prophet Habakkuk saw the government of Jerusalem crushing the poor. He asked God what was happening and God said in God’s great plan the Babylonians were coming to deal justice. Habakkuk was horrified. Weren’t the Babylonians worse? They were, but God was going to bring justice to them as well.
Justice - Everyone - Habakkuk - Mercy - Justice
Justice was coming for everyone. Habakkuk realized that he also wanted mercy! Justice is severe: there is a line and we must walk it, but we are drunk on our broken desires. We cannot walk as we should. Mercy so easily can slip into injustice, excuse making especially for the rich and powerful. Mercy acknowledges the wrong and yet spares all that can be spared without creating further injustice. Justice draws the line and mercy helps us to graciously find the way and to walk in it.
And yet when everything is going wrong, when the circumstances are grim, we cannot lie to ourselves or other people. The situation is what it is. What Habakkuk knew was the...
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