Who Cares about Habakkuk?
Habakkuk is often one of those books we lump into the “strange names, short text—do I really need to read this?” category. But in its short pages, we get an insider’s look at the prophet’s dialog with God and his struggle to understand where God is in the apparent triumph of evil.
Asking how and why and when, we probe beneath the surface to find satisfying answers. But not all questions have answers wrapped and neatly tied. These unanswered interrogations create more questions and nagging, spirit-destroying doubt. Some choose to live with their doubts, ignoring them and moving on with life. Others become cynical and hardened. But many reject those options and continue to ask, looking for answers.
Habakkuk was a man who sought answers. Troubled by what he observed, he asked difficult questions. He boldly and confidently took his complaints directly to God. And God answered with an avalanche of proof and prediction.
The book starts out with Habakkuk’s urgent cries, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help?” (1:1). He continues to cry out to God, but also waits on God to hear his answers. Soon, God begins to speak, telling the prophet that although it may seem as if the wicked triumph, eventually they will be judged and righteousness will prevail. With a greater understanding of God’s power and love, Habakkuk rejoices in who God is and what he will do. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Hab 3:18).
Like Habakkuk, we too can boldly bring our questions and complaints to God. Then, we must listen to God’s answers and rejoice that he is at work in the world and in our lives.
Adapted from the Life Application Study Bible Habakkuk book introduction.