Series: God I Just Don't Understand
I Will Wait
November 03, 2019 | Sam Shaw
What do you do when you pray, and it just seems to get worse everyday? What do you do when something is happening around you that just does not fit with how you understand God to be? What do you do when your faith is shaken, and you just don’t understand what God is doing? These are questions we all deal with at some point in our faith. Habakkuk in the Hebrew means "embrace". It's as if Habakkuk grabs a hold of God, like a wrestler, refusing to let go until God answers. Lead Pastor Sam Shaw gives us three steps to take when we face difficult questions, knowing that God is good, but our life doesn't show it.
- What do you think it takes to be happy?
- Habakkuk asks God many questions. What questions would you like to ask God?
- 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 Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:37-38. What is the meaning in these quotations from Habakkuk?
- What is the hardest part of waiting on the Lord?
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.