Habakkuk, the prophet, gives us insight into his dialogue with God over 2,600 years ago. Chapter 1 captures Habakkuk’s feisty complaints to God over the violence and lack of justice present across Judah in his day. We also see there God’s response to Judah’s waywardness – judgement via a Babylonian (Chaldean) invasion. We find here in chapter 2 God’s response to Habakuk’s second complaint (Found in Ch1) about God’s plan to use a nation even more immoral than Judah (Babylon) to bring about punishment for Judah’s rebellion.
Standing at the Watchpost
It’s striking how intimate Habakkuk was with God. He knew his Father’s heart. Consequently, He had a positive expectation of his Father to respond favourably to his complaints. Habakkuk resolved in his heart “I will take my stand at my watchpost…and look out to see what he will say to me” (v1). He pursued God in prayerful and patient expectancy of God’s word. He was convinced that the Lord alone was the answer for the breakthrough needed. Do you find yourself like Habakkuk, burdened by the troubles and waywardness of our society? Do you patiently seek God with unshakeable confidence in him responding? Let’s take our stand upon bended knees and seek his voice and righteousness.
God’s word will be fulfilled
In answering Habakkuk God made it clear that though the prophecy he was giving would take some time to happen it would certainly happen. God commands Habakkuk “If it seems slow, wait for it, it will surely come” (v3). God is heavily invested in bringing about his promises. How relevant this is for everyone of us? Amidst our desperation to hear his voice, see the kingdom break out, lives saved and transformed, nations flocking to God, and justice come about – we are to wait patiently, knowing that he will do all that he has promised.
God will bring ultimate justice
Across v6-12 and v15-17 God points out that the Babylonians (Chaldeans) shall reap what they have sown; their blood thirsty greed for power and domination over the nations shall bring ruin to Babylon. Nations shall arise against Babylon and bring her downfall. Importantly, it is the Lord who shall orchestrate this.
We learn here that though God permits the unrighteous to thrive for a period, and despite his use of them as instruments of his purposes (v13), their wickedness and self-centeredness will ultimately lead to their calamity. Their speechless man-made idols shall prove of no help to them in that moment just as they were useless all along (v18-19). The unrighteous shall surely not prevail and dominate regardless of how things may appear, “ For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (v14). The Lord’s final words in this chapter resound the reverence and worship due to him – “But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him” (v20).