Tolerating Evil?

Habakkuk now moves on to his second complaint, which he addresses to God.

“O LORD, are you not from everlasting?  My God, my Holy One, we will not die.  O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, you have ordained them to punish.  Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?  Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?  You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler.”  — Habakkuk 1:12-14

He brings up a good point here – if God cannot tolerate evil and wrongdoing, then why does He seem to put up with evil people?  This almost seems like an impossibility – if God’s character cannot bear the presence of evil, then why does He appear to tolerate it?

What do you think He will say?


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