September 30

Habakkuk 1:1-4

“Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.” vs. 3

Living about the time of Jeremiah, Habakkuk was overwhelmed by the injustice and violence of Judah before the Babylonian invasion and he couldn’t understand why God didn’t do anything about it. Some of us will resonate with his observations in our confused and troubled times. Even though we enjoy relative stability in our comfortable enclaves, the media remind us daily that the world is in a precarious state. In addition to the now commonplace political shenanigans there are disconcerting reports about climate change and its potential disastrous effects. As the oceans fill with plastics and species disappear some are wondering if environmental damages are beyond repair. And if that weren’t enough, tensions are escalating among the nations–terrorism and repression abound as nations gird themselves for war. Already millions of refugees are on the move, fleeing from their homes and yearning for security in a world disinclined to welcome them or offer assistance. It’s as though forces beyond our control have been loosed and there’s no one with the will or the ability to still the storm. And all we can do is sit and watch–and, like Habakkuk, cry out to God to do something! We wonder if there is such a thing as global repentance–and if there is, can it happen before it’s too late!

Thought for the Day: What might global repentance be like? How would it begin?

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