Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

“Call and Response”

Habakkuk begins with a cry for aid, a cry for true justice, in the midst of a situation in which the wicked have perverted justice.  After detailing the injustice, a main feature of which is violence and worshiping “might,” the prophet proclaims his intention to wait and watch for a response.  Habakkuk doesn’t just wail into the wind and walk away in despair, but actually longs for God’s justice, believes it will come, and actively expects its arrival.  What do we do when we see injustice?  Whom do we call?  What do we expect?  How can we get to the place where we might be able to proclaim with Habakkuk, 3:18,19: “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation. 19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights.”?