In my post over Matthew, I said I was going to try to stay away of the “going through trials” themes, yet I keep coming across awesome books and sermons and they speak directly to my heart.
I recently listened to a 3 sermon series over Habakkuk. I’m going to try to sum it up all 3 sermons in this post.
The purpose of the book of Habakkuk was to show that God was still in control despite all the evil in the world. The book records the prophets’ dialogue with God concerning why God doesn’t seem fair during evil. Unlike most books of the bible that bring God’s word to people, Habakkuk brought people’s questions to God.
1 – Where are you God?
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. Habakkuk 1:1-4
“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
I love The Message version of verse 5:
“Look around at the godless nations. Look long and hard. Brace yourself for a shock. Something’s about to take place and you’re going to find it hard to believe. God responded saying He would do amazing things.
But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
- Listen – …I will look to see what he will say to me…
- Write – …Write down the revelation…
- Wait – …Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay
3 – How do we get out of the trial?
- Remember what God has done
- Accept what God is doing
- Trust what God will do
To trust God fully means to trust him even when we don’t understand why these events are occurring as they are.
God’s word promises that He will not delay! We are currently bracing ourselves for a shock. Yes, we believe it will happen. And, the only thing we will be able to explain to people is that is was God’s miracle. There will be no other explanation and people will find it hard to believe, but we know that God promises to us that He will do amazing things and we look forward to rejoicing with God, each other and those who have joined our journey with us.