1. God, why are You not doing anything?
2 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry
out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me
look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and
violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The
wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear
too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from
your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will
2. God, what are You doing?
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. 6 I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole
earth to seize dwellings not their own. 7 They are a feared and
dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and
promote their own honor. 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their
horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
9 they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert
wind and gather prisoners like sand. 10 They mock kings and scoff at
rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they
capture them. 11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on - guilty
people, whose own strength is their god.”
12 LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you
will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. 13 Your eyes are too pure
to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you
tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow
up those more righteous than themselves?
a) We know God’s plan only AFTER we know God’s plan.
1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will
look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this
complaint. 2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and
make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the
revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not
prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will
not delay. 4 Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the
righteous shall live by faith.
a) The reason we trust God is not because we know what He’s doing but because we know He is God.
12 LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy
One, you will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them
to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to