COMPLAINT #1 (1:2-4)
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
ANSWER #1 (1:5-11)
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own. They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves. Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour. They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand. At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
COMPLAINT #2 (1:12-2:1)
Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof. You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when thewicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. He brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net; he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich. Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever? I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
HABAKKUK IN THE END (3:17-18)
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD (1:6,12)
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own. 1:12 O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
TIMING OF GOD (2:3)
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
JUSTICE OF GOD (2:6-20)
PLAN OF GOD (2:14)
Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
REQUEST OF GOD (2:4)
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith
END RESULT OF FAITH IN GOD (3:19)
God, the Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.