Indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples. “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?’ Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim. Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed man’s blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. Habakkuk 2:5-8
God, in his response to Habakkuk, is describing the Babylonian King, and by extension, those who are arrogant. What God’s describing is really no different than the kind of society we’re living in today. Arrogance. Greed. Unsatisfied. Extortion. Murderous. Destruction. Because of these (and more), harsh judgment is on its way.
Even though Babylon will be bringing judgment against Judah, God saw Babylon’s arrogance and haughtiness. He sees what they’re about and is waiting to judge them as well. He has taken notice and will act in His time.
An old Russian proverb goes like this: God sees everything but waits. In other words, it’ll be okay because God is a righteous judge. We don’t understand God’s patience, especially when it comes to blatant evil. We want the judgment to happen now, or better yet, yesterday!
Be encouraged that there is a coming judgment, and The Perfect Judge will preside. No judgments will be too harsh; no verdicts will be too lenient.