So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. Habakkuk 1:4
Why do the wicked seem to have more than the righteous? One of the recurring themes in the laments of Scripture is the apparent victory of evil. Habakkuk laments that those who should be righteous are actually wicked and that their wickedness is surrounding those who are striving to be right before God. God had made it very clear how his people were to live and the law they were to follow. It was his call to them to choose purity and righteousness. But the way of wickedness is much easier because it puts man at the center. That is what pride does. It puts man in God’s place, and it is evil. Habakkuk was living this in painful ways. The temple that had been built to worship the one true God was desecrated by those charged with keeping that worship pure. Those who wished to worship God correctly were prohibited from doing so by the very ones who were to be guiding them into that worship. Wickedness can come into the purest of places (Genesis 3:1). Just as Satan entered into the garden of worship, so also, he enters into the places that have been set apart for worship. The temple in Habakkuk’s time and the places of worship in our times as well. The prosperity gospel, progressive evangelicalism, and other distortions of truth are invading the places where people are coming to worship God. We must cry out against this wickedness.