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.
Sermons in: God I Just Dont Understand
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.
Trust is something that does not come easy for many of us. You don’t have to live very long before you begin to develop trust issues. So, what do you do if you believe in God, but you have a hard time trusting Him?
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.
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?".