Like many of us, the ancient prophet Habakkuk questioned what seemed to be God’s inactivity. Like him, we want to see God act against the evil around us.
God was fully aware of the sins of the people of Judah. They were materialistic and violent. The government was unjust and politicians were corrupt. God not only knew what was going on, He was preparing an answer, but it was an answer Habakkuk didn’t want to hear:
Look among the nations and watch – but utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you (Habakkuk 1:5). Wowzers! God was preparing something truly amazing. “Revival!” must have been the prophet’s first thought. But there would be no revival, instead God was raising up the Chaldeans to destroy the nation of Judah (Habakkuk 1:6).
Habakkuk had been eager for God to act, but then didn’t like God’s plan.
God must judge sin. Look at the nations of history. Only one nation has stood the test of time, and that’s Israel. All others have risen and fallen and eventually disappeared. That’s the destiny of the Hittites, the Babylonians, the Magyars, and will be of the United States.
Rather than asking God to change His unchangeable mind, Habakkuk reaffirmed his trust in God and His perfect ways. Rather than call for a tent meeting revival at the state capital for prayer and music, the prophet trusted God in His righteous judgment and wrath upon an evil nation (Habakkuk 3:16-18).
O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy (Habakkuk 3:2).