Series: God I Just Don't Understand
I Will Rejoice
November 24, 2019 | Sam Shaw
How bad would the circumstances in your life have to be for you to turn away and walk away from God? When faced with unimaginable circumstances, Habakkuk doesn't whine or worry, but instead he choses to worship, trusting the God who is bigger than it all. Join us as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw reminds us that we can trust God even when we don’t understand.
- Have you ever had your faith in God shaken? What happened? What are some of the questions you want to ask God about what he does, doesn’t do?
- Read Habakkuk 1:12-13. What does Habakkuk say about God’s character? Which of these traits is most important to you right now?
- Read Habakkuk 2:1-4. What does it mean to “walk by faith?”
- The word “faith” in 2:4 can be translated “faithfulness.” What is the connection between faith and faithfulness?
- The New Testament writers use Habakkuk 2:4 in the following verses: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38. How do the writers use “the righteous shall live by faith” in these verses?
- Read Habakkuk 2:1-5. Why do you supposed Habakkuk is told to write the revelation plainly and not just speak of it?
- Why does God sometimes delay his answers to our prayers?
- The second half of Habakkuk 2:4 is the outstanding statement in the book. What is it really saying in the immediate context of this passage?
- Read Habakkuk 2:14 and 2:20. How do these verses strengthen your faith and give you hope?
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.