Do True Life Christians Have Any “Right” To Complain To God? (A Look-Back To the Minor Prophet Habakkuk)

I consider myself a True Life Christian. Yet, there are certainly times when God seems like He doesn’t hear my prayer, and it seems to happen when I am going through a trial that things are not adding up the way I’d like them to. You know, when I need Him the most. I am positively certain that if you haven’t gone through this experience yet, you will (unless the Lord Jesus Christ comes back in the air to take all of True Life Christians {whether dead or not} to where His home is now {the rapture}) Seemingly, my prayers don’t get answered the way that I would like them to, whether it be personal, for a group, for a region, a country, a region of countries, both hemispheres, or the world.

Going back in my memory it was at this place of employment I once worked, I had worked there for only 4 months. Throughout this ordeal of employment, I pleaded with God to somehow use me to be a witness for Jesus Christ, yet no clear cut answer was ever given to me of my early dismissal. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I began to search my brain, and the only thing I could come up with is I had an open Bible on the table. This table was in the middle of a kitchen, dining, and living room area just after the mudroom. This beautiful log cabin house was so gorgeous, and it over-looked ravishing scenery. But the ravishing scenery could not take away my assistant supervisor’s need for drugs. To put it to you bluntly, my assistant supervisor was on illegal drugs (a.k.a. pot, marijuana or cannabis and pretty sure he tried even harder drugs). But, apparently, it was pretty well known that he did use by the agency, but he wasn’t too concerned about the consequences of being fired since he worked there for 15 years, talking freely and openly about it. He even went up to a management position. On top of all that, he was super nice to me. The kind that seeks you out and begins to form a relationship with you. And I was no different. But the agency didn’t try to help him, partly because he did a superior job since he could diffuse super volatile situations quickly.

Now, staff could bring in any kind of reading material they wanted into the house except for explicit magazines like those nudie magazines and stuff along those lines. Most of them brought college reading books for their classes, but since I wasn’t enrolled in college, I chose the Bible. For all I wanted to do was be the one who reflected the light of Jesus just like the moon does to the earth by reflecting the sun. I still remember coming home each and every night just pleading with God to use me as an agent to spread the Word of God to staff and clients including my assistant supervisor’s soul.

For I am not one of those “ACCEPT CHRIST BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T YOU WILL FACE ETERNAL JUDGEMENT” type of Christians, I did have something holy, the Word of God, sitting right there open on the table of the house that I was working in. I was secretly hoping my influence would cause any person (both staff and residents) to ask why was my life different. I waited and waited, leaving spiritual bread crumbs along the way; unfortunately, that day never came. Instead, I found myself being called in for letting me go. And just four months in, I found myself without one of the highest paid positions I was in. Driving home after the agency let me go, sent me into places I wish no one has to go because I put such a value onto the places where I work.

Thinking back to that devastating time of employment, I do remember that I had my Bible open where the other staff and residents could see it in that log cabin. Most of you who read this blog will say, “You shouldn’t have been fired for that! After all, it is the Word of God! The Truth that gives you life!” And I’d agree with you; however, the reason stated why I lost my job was “Failure to do required activities,” which I found out was bogus. For, I always make sure and do and go above and beyond the “required activities. I was beyond perplexed, downright mad, and a plethora of other emotions I was experiencing. The agency serves those with disabilities trying to give them a ” normal” life as much as possible. However, there is close to a minimum representation of Jesus Christ and what He did to purchase for our salvation from hell, except for the staff who go out of their way to make Jesus Christ known to them. But it did not go my way, for it to go my way, we would have had an awakening to what the Holy Spirit was doing in order that I (along with many others) may spread His gospel to an uncovered segment of the population, people with disabilities. (As a side note, I have a disability suffered when not even a month passed by when I celebrated my eighteenth birthday for the grace of God; and I had retrained my muscles to an acceptable position before they would let me go *2 1/2 months* after I spent a month in a coma. (To get my telling of that story, go to archives either under November 12, 2018, or February 7, 2019) However, unfortunately, it did not go my way, leaving me with doubts if I pursued the right career, causing me to complain to God on the behalf of Jesus Christ.

Now that I have given you a personal episode of my career, I would like to turn to my nation as evidenced by every social media post I put out there.

Yes, you got it. I am from the United States of America. According to Ecclesiastes, the ever wise King Solomon said everything is on a repetitive cycle, whether it be man or nation. So, for me to be concerned about where this country is going has been a concern since my younger days, even before I suffered my almost death-inducing car accident when I was 18. Back then, I saw the beginnings of what the country of America would look like today. Instead of fearing God, America is being slowly over-turned by America’s elite by securing their own through the halls of Congress.

In fact, in Congress elected a Muslim woman in 2013 forsaking the Holy Bible to be used for swearing in during her election ceremony. Instead, they used “The Quran.” I do not think that the “Founding Fathers” of this country would ever go for that; instead, today we as a nation celebrate it. It just leaves me with the chilling verse that can be found in Judges 21:25 b, that “everyone did right in his own eyes.”

Israel certainly made a lot of mistakes, so I was not shocked by the comparison between Israel and the USA. In fact, I was told that the most important things could be found in Scripture. This is one of those cases.

The prophet Habakkuk expresses a concern over Israel as they were being overrun by the Chaldeans or Babylonians. As he lodges a complaint to God over the fact he can’t see into the future, he says:

“Lord, how long must I ask for help, and You ignore me? I cry out to you against violence, but You do not save us! Why do You make me see the wrong things, and make me look at trouble? People are destroying things and hurting others in front of me; they are arguing and fighting. So the teachings are weak, and (true) justice never comes. Evil people gain while good people lose; the judges no longer make fair decisions.” (Habakkuk 1:2-4 NCV)

Although Habakkuk seemingly prayed this prayer more than once, it is recorded as only once as the Lord eventually responds by saying this:

“Look at the nations! Watch them and be amazed and shocked. I will do something in your life that you won’t believe even when you are told about it. I will use the Babylonians, those cruel and wild people who march across the earth and take lands that don’t belong to them. They scare and frighten people. They do what they want to do and are good only to themselves. They come to fight. … They attack quickly, like an eagle swooping down for food. They all come to fight. Nothing can stop them. … They laugh at all the strong, walled cities and build dirt piles to the tops of walls to capture them. Then they leave like the wind and move on. They are guilty of worshipping their own strength.” (Habakkuk 1:5-7, 8b-9a, 10b-11 NCV)

Just like us, Habakkuk isn’t finished with his complaining, seeking a reason why.

“Lord, You live forever, my God, my holy God. We will not die. Lord, You

have chosen the Babylonians to punish people; our Rock, You picked them to punish. Your eyes are too good to look at evil; You cannot see those who do wrong. So how can You put up with those evil people? How can You be quiet when the wicked people swallow up people who are better than they are? … The enemy offers sacrifices to his net and burns incense to worship it because it lets him live like the rich and enjoy the best food. … Will he go on destroying people without showing mercy? I will stand like a guard to watch and place myself at the tower. I will wait to see what He will say to me; I will wait to see how the Lord answers my complaint. (Habakkuk 1:11-13, 16, 17b, 2:1 NCV)

The Lord is extremely patient with His people and answers Habakkuk’s complaint:

The Lord answered me: “Write down the vision; write it down on clay tablets, so whoever reads it can run to tell others. It is not yet time for the message to come true, but that time is coming soon; the message will come true. It may seem like a long time, but be patient and wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not be delayed. The evil nation is very proud of itself; it is not living as it should. But those that are right with the Lord will live by faith. … One day the people of whom you have taken money will turn against you. The will realize what is happening and make you shake with fear. Then they will take everything that you have. … How terrible will it be for the nation to become rich by doing what is wrong, thinking that they will live in a safe place and escape harm? … How terrible will it be for the nation that kills people to build a city, that wrongs others to start a town? The Lord All-Powerful will send fire to destroy what those people have built; all the nations work will be for nothing. Then, just as the waters cover the sea, people everywhere will know the Lord’s glory. (Habakkuk 2:2-4, 7, 9, 12-14 NCV)

Just like the nation of Israel not paying attention to people like Moses, Samuel, King David, right down to prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Habakkuk (just to name a few) who basically told the nation of Israel to follow God’s law, the United States of America is climbing ever so close to a point that Americans can’t turn back because of our sinful ways. The United States’ government is in financial debt to the Chinese government up to over 20 trillion, and the interest on that is astronomically crazy. But Americans are fighting over the real issues like if you the legal right to end a baby’s life in the mother’s womb, or have the right to end someone’s life if they so choose it. Sarcastic? I know, but Americans are fighting against those social issues instead of getting this nation back to God. Politically, it is Republican vs. Democrat; it does not matter anymore whether you are right or wrong, only if your particular party wins to the neglect of being a real person who by the grace of God, wants to do this nation correct. God’s law now is grace for those who accept Jesus Christ as the risen Son of God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength and believe He is the One to save the whole earth (Mark 12:30-31; John 3:16-21).

Along with other True Life Christians, I see the need for Americans to humbly confess our multitude of sins and start living for the One who provides TRUE freedom (2 Chronicles 7:14).

However, this is not exclusively for Americans. It is for the whole world. Yes, I know it is difficult especially coming from an era of international social media provided by the internet. But it can be done with the forgiveness of God. So, Do True Life Christians Have The “Right” To Complain To God? Well, to give you a straightforward answer, I would have to say, “Yes or No.” It is depending on where your heart is at with God.

~Darren

* administrator/only blogger for http://www.TrueLifeChristianity.com

The Book Of Habakkuk: A Video Provided By The Bible Project

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One thought on “Do True Life Christians Have Any “Right” To Complain To God? (A Look-Back To the Minor Prophet Habakkuk)

  1. Thanks brother for the wonderful lesson of Habakkuk. God bless you and your Ministry. Your student Brother Evans and Jack

    On Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 18:10 True Life Christianity wrote:

    > TrueLifeChristianity posted: ” I consider myself a True Life Christian. > Yet, there are certainly times when God seems like He doesn’t hear my > prayer, and it seems to happen when I am going through a trial that things > are not adding up the way I’d like them to. You know, when I need H” >

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