Habakkuk 1:2 "How long, O Lord, will I call for help,And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save."
After a half-hour more I started to get nervous and so I began digging around in my pockets to find a quarter to put in the pay-phone (perhaps some of you reading this may remember those). When I called our house, there was no answer. As a young man, with the lights turning off in the gym and only the janitors sweeping up before closing down, I felt abandoned. I recall screaming into the phone - "Where are you!" - to no avail. When I came back out of the payphone area and rounded the corner, there my parents pulled up and with tears and many apologies, informing me that each of them thought the other had came to get me. Needless to say I was relieved and to know what had happened, as well as why it happened, afforded me much clarity.
Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up?" In Habakkuk 2 we see Habakkuk crying out in prophetic taunt against the idol makers and ruthless of Israel who have been permitted by God to continue. Truly we know from passages such as Genesis 50:20 and Romans 8:28 that God permits what He hates in order to accomplish the good He intends.
So we see through Habakkuk's tears God's ultimate will, which contains His unrevealed and permissive wills. But there is one last aspect that is perhaps the most comforting, namely...