2016-03-20 - Habakkuk
Habakkuk Awaits God's Response
Poor Habakkuk. He is certainly having a tough time of it. First, he went to God with his concerns for the sinful state of Judea. The nation was in rebellion against God. The leadership was oppressing the people. Injustice was rampant. Habakkuk was concerned that, from his perspective, God wasn’t acting to make things right.
Well, God responded to Habakkuk’s concerns. In effect, He agreed with Habakkuk’s assessment of the state of the nation. He didn’t bother to respond to the concern that He wasn’t listening to Habakkuk’s prayers. God was ready to act. He was going to do so by bringing Babylon as the instrument of His judgment against Judea.
“Whoa,” says Habakkuk. He accepts God’s wisdom, judgment, righteousness, etc. But what he is having a problem with is: how can God use Babylon, a vile people, a people who at their best were worse than Judea at its worst? There seems to be some sort of an equity problem. But, interestingly enough, even if Habakkuk has a problem with how God is doing things, he also knows that the problem is his perspective, not God’s actions. As he says in verse one:
Hab 2:1 “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint”.
Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.