“The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous– therefore judgment comes forth perverted.” ( Habakkuk 1:1-4)
We are moving on to the prophet/the book of Habakkuk. From these opening verses it seems that Habakkuk/the writer of the book of Habakkuk is not happy with the current circumstances in his world. That is a sentiment that many of us would echo about our own world right now. But while Habakkuk might feel at the outset that the Lord God the Divine has caused these things to happen, I know in our modern world that Lord God has not pushed or nudged fate or destiny but has allowed humanity to make choices that have brought about these results. And Habakkuk does come to realize that the Lord God is not unmoved by his plea.
“I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.” (Chapter 2, verses 1 – 4)
I too, beloved reader, feel like I am on a rampart watching to see what will happen. I listen for the Divine, and try to discern as best I can what the Lord God is saying to me and my issues, and what is being said about the larger world. There have been many times, and voices that proclaim to know, when predictions arise concerning the end of all things. There are those who become impatient, saying now/today or that the day will come soon when “all” of this will end. But here we still are, still struggling along the same way and dealing with the struggles and tribulations of the times.
It (whatever it is that will come) does seem to “tarry”. But like Habakkuk, I say wait. It will come. Those who seem to propel the struggles, trials and tribulations through their pride and thoughtless ways seem to flourish. But it will not always be so. And the righteous . . . . but, how are we to know who is the righteous? How are we to know who has the “right” of it? I am not sure I know. But what I do know is that we must live by our faith. Habakkuk could probably tell you who of the people he knew were righteous. I cannot, and would not, make such claims. But I do see people that live by their faith; and I see the results of they consider to be faithful living. And maybe that is all that Habakkuk is saying.
There is also this, as I read and re-read, and ponder on this passage; I do write my “vision” and I try to make it clear and plain. Yes, I think that Habakkuk may be a lot alike after all. Shalom!