The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. 9.23.18
September 23, 2018
Habakkuk, much like Job or Ecclesiastes, is a book wherein the speaker challenges God. This is best expressed in its opening lines:
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? Habakkuk 1:2-3 NIV
Habakkuk is lamenting the state of the nation of Judah. Its people drive each other to slavery, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, drunkenness abounds, and idolatry runs rampant. How could God allow such a nation to exist? God responds by explaining how He intends to use the nation of Babylon to remove Judah. Habakkuk is incensed that God would use an evil nation to punish the evil of His nation. God responds by pointing out that because of human evil, suffering and death will continue to exist until God brings it all to an end. God tells Habakkuk that through all the evil there will be remnant who will live by faith whom God is trying to rescue. He calls on Habakkuk to have faith that God will bring ultimate justice and reward.
We are a modern-day Habakkuk when we look at our nation, our poor, our world and ask “God why is everything so terrible? How could you let this happen?” God allows those who do not seek after Him to be left alone to the evil they would prefer to dwell in. In a world without God, pain, suffering, injustice, and evil abound, and some people would rather have that world than a world with God. Because God allows humans this choice to love him, there will be evil until Jesus returns for the final judgement. When Jesus returns he will wipe every tear from our eyes and separate good from evil, sheep from goat, and bring an end to human evil. Until that day we must live by faith that God will act. As a modern-day Habakkuk, we must conclude:
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
Upcoming Lessons:
Sunday 9/23: How come the other guy had to be lowered through a ceiling?
Luke 13:10-17: “Unless you repent, you too shall perish!”
PDYM Part 1: What does the Power of God have to do with anything?
Wednesday 9/26: The Book of Zephaniah: The story of God’s Purifying Fire.
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Ignition: December 26-30
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Prayer Requests:
The Lock-In: …went well! 25 students, 5 churches and 18hrs lead to a fun and exciting event. Thank God for all who helped, supported and prayed for the event.
School: The students have all started school, and many of them have come to me with praise stories about how the school year is going so far. Please pray and praise God for His provision.
Greg Horton
Youth Director