Eyes to See

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 1:1-11

I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. (v. 5)

Growing potatoes requires a lot of faith and a trained eye. Potatoes do most of their growing underground, hidden from sight. The plant above ground gets larger, but the farmer cannot see what is happening under the soil. Since the potatoes are hidden, the wise farmer looks for clues that the potatoes are growing.

In trying times, it can be difficult to see God at work. Habakkuk protested God’s apparent inactivity in the face of violence and injustice. The nation was falling to pieces and God seemed to be idle. However, God’s response told a different story—“look,” “wonder,” and “be astounded” (v. 5). Habakkuk was invited to look at the world with a different kind of vision. God was at work. He was far from being an unconcerned spectator to the suffering and misery in the world. Instead of being inactive, God was emphatically active in the world. God was even “raising up the Chaldeans” to do his work in response to Habakkuk’s plea (v. 6). Even as Habakkuk prayed, God’s response was already in motion. He simply needed eyes to see it.

When God seems absent in our lives, Habakkuk reminds us that God is already at work. Like the potato farmer watching the leaves and the soil, we can see God’s response is already in motion. All we need is the eyes of faith.


Lord, Give me eyes to see where you are working. Amen.