- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Habakkuk 1
Between 612 and 589 BC when Judah was under of Babylonian power, Habakkuk received oracle from God.
The book of Habakkuk is composed of three sections; 1-2:5, dialogue between the prophet Habakkuk and God, 2:6- 20, woes against the wicked nation in classical prophetic style, 3:1-19, lengthy poem in prayer form. Main theme is theodicy, meaning justifying the ways of God.
Prophet Habakkuk is confronting honestly the profoundly disturbing problems of why a just God is silent when the wicked swallows up the righteous. God’s answer to him is the theme of this book, God is still sovereign and in His way and at the proper time God will deal with the wicked. Therefore, “the righteous shall live by his faith.” (2:4). This is the answer for all believers.
Habakkuk struggles with the power of wickedness in his time, and he protests that God does not hear nor acts and thereby negates law and justice. As the result of it, wickedness rampant in the country. He questions God about injustice in the world (v.2-11) and the rising of the wicked (v.12-17).
God replies that God choose wicked Babylonians to become a problem due to their capacity for violence and arrogant scoffing against their enemies, to become their own deifying.
Habakkuk complains second time that God continue to remain silent in the face of evil, portraying God as responsible for turning people into fish that are caught by Babylonian fisherman.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?