As he surveyed the spiritual condition of his nation he took note of the internal divisions among its people. It troubled the prophet to see the results of his backslidden homeland. He understood that the political turmoil, the civil unrest and the abounding evil were all symptoms of a much deeper problem. His beloved nation was in the process of turning its back on his faithful God. It is with great earnestness that Habakkuk sought God for an answer to the problem.
But God answered in an unexpected way. God began divulging His plans of allowing an enemy to invade the homeland. Habakkuk saw the wisdom in God’s sovereign means of bringing His chosen people back to Himself. In his role as intercessor, he was determined to remain a watchman on the wall by proclaiming God’s love for people and His enduring mercy. But it troubled the prophet that a heathen nation who hates God and the things of God would be allowed to plunder his beloved nation. In the final discourse between the Lord and His prophet, the prophet was reassured that the appointed time of crisis for the homeland was confined only to a season and that God would bring justice on behalf of His people when the purpose had been realized.
Habakkuk’s anxiety about the upcoming events disappeared when he came to understand that God is sovereign in all things and that His love is the motivating factor of events that have the potential to move people to reconcile with Him. The prophet reaffirms his trust in God by stating, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail 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.” Hab 3:17-18 He further proclaims that God will give him the strength and grace of a deer on all the high places.