Where are you God?
As I watched Campbell Live this evening in Auckland, I am reminded of the many people in Christchurch who are wondering how long do they have to keep crying out for justice. People have asked me many times over the past 3 years if God really cares.
You cant help but see it everyday in my ‘parish’ of Parklands – the pain and the frustration on the faces of people. Unjust and evil people taking advantage of the weak and vulnerable. Innocent people suffering unnecessarily. We seem to be the forgotten people.
The past few days I have been reading about the prophet Habakkuk found in the Old Testament. Habakkuk was wondering why God was allowing the innocent Jews to suffer at the hands of their enemies. The question that arises in the mind of Habakkuk was whether he can trust God to see the community he is in through a very evil time.
Can an Old Testament prophet inspire us today with fresh hope in a God who will bring about a breakthrough? I believe he can. As I read through the book again this evening, I am reminded that there is no place too dark, no wall too thick and no prison too impenetrable for God’s grace to break through in a powerful and life-affirming way.
Starting this Sunday (27th October) at 10.30am at Parklands Baptist Community Church (180 Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch), I want to explore this ancient book found in the Bible and see how we can find hope in 21st century Christchurch. Join us if you are interested.