Habakkuk lays bare what is going on in Judah—there has been a moral and spiritual decline in Judah itself and the result was chaos in their society. Does this sound a little familiar to you? It certainly should—sounds like the United States today. Habakkuk is told that God is going to use the Babylonians/Chaldeans to punish Judah for her sins. Babylon would invade Judah and God said that this would be the arm of God’s judgment!
This did take place; the Babylonians did defeat Judah and they destroyed the Temple and they carried away many of the people to exile in Babylon. So, was this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, if you were one of the ones killed or taken away, it was a bad thing. However, after some time, the Jewish people were allowed to return to their homeland. Much of what we know as the Old Testament was written during this time period, including the sayings of the prophets. Most significant was the reduction in the worship of idols!
The Apostle Paul writes, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NRSV) There are times when we just cannot see the positive things in our lives. Maybe God is trying to teach us something. Maybe we will never see the positive in this life. But the truth is we have to trust God, not allowing our faith to waver. We must think eternal while we live in the temporal. Just remember, we know how the story ends! Amen.