The name Habakkuk is derived from the Hebrew verb “embrace.” His name probably means, “He Who Embraces” or “He Who Clings.” It is an appropriate name for both the prophet and the book, because Habakkuk comes to a firm faith through grappling with tough questions.
O Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
3 Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
4 Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
Habakkuk deals with the questions that come up when someone really believes God, yet looks around them and the world doesn’t seem to match up with how God wants it.
I don’t know about you but I too have asked these questions to the Lord
There comes a time when you will ask these question to the Lord
But they are deeply guilty,
for their own strength is their god.” (Habakkuk 1:11)
Our weaknesses are not the only areas where we are vulnerable. The enemy can also attack us where we think we are strong—the very areas where we are proud of – our strengths. If we make our strength our God then we will fall. We must learn to rely on the LORD in our weaknesses as well as our strengths.
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 While it is yet green and not cut down,
It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off,
And whose trust is a spider’s web. [They are leaning on a spider’s web]-NLT
15 He leans on his house, but it does not stand.
He holds it fast, but it does not endure. (Job 8:12-15)
Words for Songs
O Lord my God, the Holy One (Habakkuk 1:12)
Then they will worship their nets
and burn incense in front of them.
“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!”
they will claim. ((Habakkuk 1:12)
I have seen people worshipping their nets and boats because they want a good catch of fish. I have seen people worshipping their vehicles because they want good business.Back to Bible Commentary