We know very little about Habakkuk the man yet his honest questioning of how to really depend in faith on God when all around you life seems to be falling apart, makes his prophecy a compelling read for Christians especially in today’s world.
He writes around the end of King Josiah’s reign in Judah circa 600BC. The Babylonians are becoming the new super power and Habakkuk has to wrestle with the message that God is going to use this brutal nation to punish His people. The future seems uncertain, frightening and hard.
This brief little book is remarkable for two important spiritual insights into faith; firstly that “the righteous will live by his faith” It is faith that Habakkuk says ultimately makes sense of life and secondly that what we learn in faith is that God alone is enough.