This morning I heard the announcer on the Christian radio station excitedly mention Habakkuk 1:5, “Look 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 were told.” He sounded almost giddy as he said “It’s awesome! God can do the same thing for our nation!”
Well, I don’t doubt God can do amazing things for our nation. But I do wonder whether the worked-up broadcaster has read Habakkuk or if he just pulled 1:5 out of context and failed to read what the prophecy was about. The amazing work of God that people were going to have a hard time grasping was not all the blessings He was going to pour our on His people. What the people were going to find utterly amazing was that God was going to use the most ruthless people on earth to deal with His people.
The ways of our God truly are amazing. Even more so when you read passages like Habakkuk 1:5 in context.