After Ahab, the Israelites had many bad kings. They were unjust, they prayed to false gods, and they didn’t look after their people. The prophet Habakkuk looked around him and he was very sad at what he saw. People were fighting. They were cruel to each other. They were always doing bad things. Habukkuk asked God why he didn’t punish the bad people.
God told Habukkuk that the Babylonians were coming; they would plunder Israel, and God would let them. Habukkuk was shocked. He knew that Israel deserved to be punished, but he also knew that the Babylonians were wicked, too.
God said that one day other nations would attack Babylon, and it would be destroyed.
Habukkuk said that he didn’t understand, but he trusted God, and he would watch and wait. Habukkuk told people that God would punish Israel, but would protect those who loved God.
Habukkuk’s symbol is a watchtower because he was watching for the coming of the Babylonians, but he was also watching for the coming of the Messiah, who would rule with justice.