Honest questions about injustice
The nation of Judah faces a time of turmoil and struggle because of persistent sin. The king terrorizes God’s prophets and encourages idolatry. Habakkuk worries about his nations spiritual decline and calls out to god, wondering if god is listening and if God will put an end to the injustice (Hab 1). But the message Habakkuk receives troubles him.
The first oracle is a dialogue between the prophet and God—asks how God can remain silent when the wicked prosper. God's reply is to assure the prophet that his purposes will not fail though they seem long in coming to pass. The second oracle is an indictment of the arrogant and rapacious. In the third oracle Habakkuk praises God, ultimately understanding the sovereign plan of God.