(By Dave Miller, the current 2nd Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention and a pastor in Iowa)
Habakkuk was confused, frustrated, and evidently just a little bit ticked at God.
“Oh, Lord, how long shall I cry for help and you will not hear? Or cry to you ‘Violence” and you will not save?” (Hab 1:2)
His concern was focused on the wickedness that was so prevalent among God’s people, in his nation.
“So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.” (Hab 1:4)
Read between the lines. “Where are you, God? Why are you allowing this wickedness to prevail?”
Then, God answered Habakkuk, but it was not an answer that the prophet wanted to hear. […]