Habakkuk was a prophet and a contemporary to Jeremiah. Both prophesied concerning the eminent fall of Judah which took place in 532 BC.
Habakkuks complaint can be understood when we look at contemporary America and hear what the prophet said in Habakkuk 1:1-4 (NKJV). Notice in verse 4 how the prophet sees that “the law is slacked and judgement never goes forth”
This was a time in Judah when not only God’s law was being trampled on but law itself seemed to carry little respect. The laws of the land we being ignored even by those who were supposed to respect and enforce them.
Israel was a society that was built on the concept of law. These laws, in this case the laws of God, were to be applied equally to all in a way that would preserve justice and order. The laws worked to unify the people, not divide them. Jesus would later teach that a society divided against itself could not stand.
There is a lot of division in America today. The gulfs that need bridging are getting wider and wider and there seems to no end in sight.
While there probably is not a lot we as Christians can do about that, we can at least work on the issues that divide our churches and families. God’s love can bridge any gap that exists no matter how wide it may have become. Let us lovingly pray for others and ask God to give each of us a sense and spirit of unity with one another.
Let us heed the warning in Habakkuk 1:5 (NKJV) and Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV).
God will work to bring about justice.