Introduction: Among the Old Testament prophets, the Prophet Habakkuk is most unique. Unlike the other prophets who declared God’s message to the people, Habakkuk dialogued with God about the people. Unlike the other prophets who predicted divine judgment, Habakkuk pleaded for it.
Habakkuk 1:1-4 — When the wicked restrict the righteous in proclaiming God's law, people are violently oppressed and justice vilely perverted.
Habakkuk 1:5-17 — Greater evils reserved for condemnation—a bloodthirsty Babylon—are employed by God to chasten lesser evils—a backsliden Judah.
Habakkuk 2:1-20 — Since no evil escapes His judgment, God judges lesser evils—Judah—with greater evils—Babylon—without compromising His justice.
Habakkuk 2:4 — The biblical doctrine of justification by faith championed by Paul was conceptualized by Habakkuk. (see also Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 )
Habakkuk 2:14 — As the sea is filled with water, a day is coming when the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord and a populace possessing a firsthand familiarity with it.
Habakkuk 2:20 — When God pronounces His forthcoming judgment from His holy temple the whole earth will be hushed in His fearsome presence.
Habakkuk 3:2 — It is an awesome God who remembers mercy in the midst of His wrath and is ever-ready to forgive and revive repentant sinners.
Habakkuk 1-3 —The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet complaining and interrogating God, but ends with his confidence in God and intercession to God.
In the book of Habakkuk fear is transformed into faith.
In the book of Habakkuk worry turns into worship!
In the book of Habakkuk terror becomes trust!
In the book of Habakkuk hangups are exchanged for hope!
In the book of Habakkuk anxiety gives way to adoration!
Habakkuk 2:4 — When your outlook elicits terror your up-look should elicit trust. This is the message of Habakkuk—“The just shall live by faith”