Hab 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.
When I speak to atheist evolutionists, their greatest stated objection to accepting the possibility of an omniscient mind designing the universe and life is the problem of evil. One might think it would be a technical objection, like the difficulty of an invisible force with personality, but these people ignore technical objections all the time. Their main objection is philosophical. Habakkuk was obviously not an atheist or an evolutionist, but his question transcends such labels. The problem of evil flourishing and righteous suffering has plagued humanity since Cain slew Able. Like us, Habakkuk wanted to understand why God allows this. Habakkuk’s first question implies God is deaf or indifferent to suffering and evil. The second question implies God is torturing Habakkuk by allowing him to be so keenly aware of the evil around him. Habakkuk perceives the law and justice to be beaten by evil. At first one might think Habakkuk is blaming God for the condition of man. Many people do. But if you examine his questions closely you will see He recognizes God’s sovereignty and power over these problems. He wants to understand why God, in His sovereignty, allows justice to fail.
Do you believe God has allowed justice to fail in your own life?