Habakkuk was a unique prophet in that instead of speaking for God, he questioned God. It is thought that he lived and wrote during the reign of Josiah or soon afterward. There have been evil people and nations on the earth since soon after the beginning. Through their devious methods, they have conquered others and amassed great control and wealth. The psalmist David questioned God about why He allowed that to happen. Habakkuk also had the same misunderstanding of God.
The Assyrians had been a dominant power for many years, but the evil Chaldeans (Babylonians) were even surpassing the Assyrians. Habakkuk asked God to explain why He was allowing a more wicked people than Judah to be His instrument of punishment.
God’s ways are not man’s ways. Man is on the earth for a brief moment in time and looks at the short-term picture. God, on the other hand looks at a broad scope and metes out His justice in His own time. Babylon did eventually pay for her evil.
Habakkuk concluded his message with a psalm-like prayer recognizing God’s glory, power and care for His people. “…The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”