Habakkuk 1:1-6 (NIV)
The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.
2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
3 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.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer
5 “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.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.
Re read verses 1-6 above. Does Habakkuk’s transparency before God surprise you?
Do you feel you have this kind of open relationship before God to be this honest? If not, why not?
Why do you think that we generally find waiting so difficult? What were some of the reasons Pastor Mike gave as to why God makes us wait?
The book ends unresolved with Habakkuk still waiting, yet he closes with words of faith in God and His plans (verses 17-19). In what areas of your life are you waiting for God to work and move? Take a few moments to bring these situations to the Lord afresh. Ask Him for strength to trust Him in the waiting, while submitting to what He wants to accomplish within you in this time.
“God often works in people during periods of waiting. Seasons designed to hone skills and break wills, to shape character and give depth. Waiting isn’t just something we do until we get what we want. Waiting is often part of the process God uses to shape us into the people He wants. God is doing a good work in us as we wait, producing things like perseverance and character and hope. Waiting is a classroom that God uses to refine and shape us into the people He knows that we can be. God works in us before He works through us.”
I’m not sure of many people who enjoy waiting! Yet often in our relationship with God, his timeline looks different than ours, leading us to wait to see in reality what is on our hearts.
Join Pastor Mike and Will as they discuss some practical tips on how to wait well.