Uncovering Gratitude With My Favorite Complainer

Uncovering Beauty


A few years ago I did an in-depth study in the book of Habakkuk.  Known as one of the “minor” prophets, what set him apart from the other prophets was that his message was from the people to God, rather than from God to the people.

Habakkuk was a complainer. If Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet, Habakkuk should be known as the complaining prophet.  He was raw, emotional, authentic and didn’t hold back.

It starts off in chapter one under the heading “Habakkuk’s Complaint” when he cries out, wondering where God is and what He is doing. Full of doubt and questioning, he looks around and sees life is falling apart, the people are being pressed in from all sides and it seems as though God is at a stand still, not doing anything about it.

God’s response to him goes like this:

“Look among the nations, and see;

wonder and be astounded.

For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” 

This morning, I needed to do some complaining of my own.

When I went to God, I remembered Habakkuk and as I opened the pages, it felt like an old friend had shown up for coffee and encouraged me in only the ways an old friend can do.

I do this thing Habakkuk did all the time. I look around and am overwhelmed by all that is happening to me and around me and many times, I wonder… when will things be different?  When will God move and make things all better?

In my shallow view of the supernatural, I am content to leave my faith at the size of a mustard seed, limiting it to something so small I can spin it around in my fingers when in actuality there are roots going deeper than I can see and the potential for what will come is far beyond measure.

God reminds Habakkuk, the righteous shall live by faith, therefore what I can’t see, is more important than what I do see.

Complaining is so much more productive when we do what Habakkuk did and take it to the one who created and moves mountains.  God received his complaints and responded. Responded by reminding the prophet of his responsibility… “Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it…. wait…and live by faith.”  {Habakkuk 2:1-4}





What Habakkuk receives and absorbs into his bones is a flood of remembrances of who God is, what he has done and what the promises are.

“I hear and my body trembles…” God doesn’t give Habakkuk very good news of what is to come. He learns what he is going through now is just the tip of the iceberg but even with that news he has hope.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no flood,

the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD;

I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 

God, the Lord, is my strength;

he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”

He started his complaining struggling to find something to be thankful for and by the end, he realized gratitude and joy doesn’t always come from something found.

Sometimes beneath the murkiness of what we see, it’s already there waiting to be uncovered.

What have you uncovered lately?

4 thoughts on “Uncovering Gratitude With My Favorite Complainer

  1. Krista Salazar says:

    Uncovering the merkiness leads us to repentance & grace …so thankful for both in the journey. Your transparent ❤️ is so refreshing.

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