How long, O Lord, must I call for help?
But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
but you do not come to save.
3 Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
who love to argue and fight.
4 The law has become paralyzed,
and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
so that justice has become perverted.
As I read this cry from Habakkuk I can’t help but find myself echoing his words. I look around in my own city and around the world and wonder the same things. How Long? For Habakkuk, his country was in the midst of a season of conflict and the world around him was entrenched in war. He is speaking on behalf of his people asking God when the time will come that God will show up and rescue them from destruction.