Look at the nations and observe – be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it. Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth’s open spaces to seize territories not its own. Habakkuk 1:5-6 HCSB
Over the last several months, I was looking for a different car. I looked on Craigslist, the internet, and even in the local paper trying to find just the right car at the right price. Several times I found a car that seemed to be a good deal but by the time I called, it had already sold. This became frustrating, but I kept telling myself that God had something better. He answered our prayers by providing a nice car at a good price. God knows what is best and is always working to accomplish His will. I believe that He “closed the door” on the other “good” deals because He had something better for me.
Sometimes God uses the bad to accomplish good. In these verses God responds to Habakkuk’s concerns by telling him to look at other nations and that they would be astounded at what God was going to do. God was going to accomplish His will by using other nations. The Chaldeans were actually the Babylonians. They made a rapid rise to power around 630 B.C. They were a wicked nations that collected prisoners and trusted in their military abilities.
Challenge: Trust God even in the bad times or when you are unable to see anything good coming from your circumstances. Know that God is in control and wants only the best for you. Be patient and wait on the Lord to accomplish His will even though it may be difficult to maintain a positive perspective amidst your current circumstances. Read Romans 8:28.