We don’t know much about Habakkuk. He’s not mentioned in the rest of Scripture (although he gets a nod in the Apocrypha as being a contemporary of Daniel), so we can’t be exactly sure of when he ministered. From the book it is likely that he was around at the same time as Jeremiah – he is given insight into the impending destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, and given his personal sadness at the moral decay and violence in Judah, he must be prophesying around the time of Kings Manasseh/Amon/Josiah.
Habakkuk is a short wrestle with the big question of how can God can allow evil and wickedness to go unpunished. The final two verses are the answer:
“. . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
but it takes 3 chapters of wrestling with God to get to a point of being able to trust his Sovereignty. The same is true for us; we can’t expect a quick answer to this issue – we can’t expect God to reveal everything to us. God even tells Habakkuk that “I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told” 1:5. We cannot comprehend the entirety of God’s plan, to expect to do so is foolish; however, we don’t just have to blindly accept this truth, we’re invited to wrestle with God when we don’t understand so we can be brought back to “live by HIS faithfulness” 2:4.
|5th January||God’s view is bigger than ours, trust his plan||Habakkuk 1: 1 – 11|
|12th January||God’s judgment is coming, wait faithfully||Habakkuk 1: 12 – 2: 20|
|19th January||God’s glory and works are the reason to trust him||Habakkuk 3: 1 – 19|