Series: God I Just Don't Understand
I Will Ask
November 03, 2019 | Sam Shaw
Have you ever gone through a season in your life where things are falling a part all around you, and there’s nothing better on the horizon? Have you ever been confused about what God is doing, not only in your life, but in the world around you? Sometimes it’s easy to say, “God, are you even there?” Over the next couple weeks Lead Pastor Sam Shaw will be walking us through the book of Habakkuk. We'll be looking at many of the tough questions that Habakkuk asked of God; Questions that so many of us have pondered such as: "God, where are you?", "How am I going to make it through this season?“, "Why do you let things happen as you do?", and "God, how is this fair?".
- Habakkuk deals with three questions:
- How am I going to make it through this season?
- God, where are you? I thought you loved us?
- God, how is this fair?
If you have ever asked one of these questions, share something about that time and what you learned from it.
Habakkuk expressed his confusion by praying for justice among God's people (Habakkuk 1:1-4). What areas or issues are you aware of and for which you could pray?
One of the most difficult challenges Christians face in explaining their faith is the question of evil: How can God be all-loving and good and all-powerful, and still allow evil to continue. How would you answer that question?
How does God's response to Habakuk's prayer help to answer the question of evil (Habakkuk 1:5-11)?
- Can doubt be a tool God uses to strengthen our faith? If so, how?
The prophet Habakkuk lived about 600B.C., during the time of Jeremiah. If you read Jeremiah, you’ll see that the people of God are in a really bad place. The Syrians have come in and dominated them, leaving Jerusalem completed decimated. As Habakkuk pondered the state of his nation, Judah, he must have been dumbfounded. So much evil thrived, completely in the open, but God remained strangely silent. Where was He? How long would He allow this to continue?
We have all seen the evidence of evil in our lives. We’ve all been touched by it. And we bear scars at various stages of healing. We are often downtrodden by our poor choices and our fallen world. However, the book of Habakkuk reminds us that while God may seem silent and uninvolved in our world, He always has a plan to deal with evil and always works out justice . . . eventually. No place is too dark and no wall too thick for God’s grace to penetrate in a powerful and life-affirming way, encouraging believers to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good.