Habakkuk was prophesying in the midst of a corrupted generation. The people of Israel thought that they were doing God’s will, but they were only departing from God further and further by their actions. The book of Habakkuk is quoted several times in the New Testament, including the book of Acts. In Acts 13:40-41, the apostle Paul quoted the warning in Habakkuk 1:5 and applied it to the people of Antioch. The warning the Old Testament prophet gave, under inspiration, is also relevant for us today. Halley’s Bible Handbook makes the following meaningful comment: “The lesson of the book (Habakkuk) is, Man shall live by Faith (2:2-4). Faith is the ability to feel so sure of God, that, no matter how dark the day, there is no doubt as to the outcome. For God’s people there is a GLORIOUS FUTURE. It may be a long way off. But it is absolutely sure.”
Our Faith is what keeps us moving forward and with optimism. The world is going to do what the world does, and as believers in God, we need to believe God. We need to believe everything He says and trust Him, regardless of how and when he responds. We need to live by faith every day!