How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? Habakkuk 1:2
Habakkuk was a prophet who did not speak for God, but spoke to God, and He replied. This Judaen oracle was in the midst of a violent, contentious, and lawless society, ripe for judgement. Sound familiar?
The obvious enemy to mete out God’s justice against them were the Assyrians to the north. But God chose an even more terrifying group, the “fierce and impetuous,” the “dreaded and feared” Chaldeans. The prophet did not see this coming. He was about to witness something that he would not believe with his own eyes.
We should be getting the same message today. The last remnant of righteous people seem surrounded like the few remaining in Judah.
And is this not true? “The law is ignored and justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out perverted.” (v. 4)
There’s no sense of an Almighty God anymore. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. (Judges 21:25)
Those of us still trusting in God are modern-day Habakkuks. We see what’s coming, but we have no idea!
“I am doing something in your days–you would not believe if you were told.” (v. 5)