The world we live in seems full of despair: everywhere we turn, we’re faced with sickness, sorrow, and suffering. Yet at the same time, the promises of God are enormously good: He will wipe every tear from every eye; mourning will be turned to dancing; he will be with us and we shall be his people. The challenge for Christians is learning to live in the gap between our despair-ridden experience and God’s massively good promises. In the midst of the sickness, sorrow, and suffering, we are called to live like the promises of God are real and good and true. In an age where everything is falling apart, we are called to live between the promises of God and their fulfillment.
The prophet Habakkuk also lived in the in-between. Through his honest prayers - and God’s glorious responses to those prayers - we can see how the righteous are to live by faith in the surprising goodness of God, even in the midst of pain and suffering.