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Habakkuk: God, why don’t you do something?


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1. When life doesn’t make sense.
Habakkuk 1:1-11
The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. O Lord , how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
God’s response
“Look among the nations and watch— Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitter and hasty nation Which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwelling places that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful; Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. Their horses also are swifter than leopards, And more fierce than evening wolves. Their chargers charge ahead; Their cavalry comes from afar; They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat. “They all come for violence; Their faces are set like the east wind. They gather captives like sand. They scoff at kings, And princes are scorned by them. They deride every stronghold, For they heap up earthen mounds and seize it. Then his mind changes, and he transgresses; He commits offense, Ascribing this power to his god.”

Ever asked God the question “If you are indeed there, why don’t you do something? ”
Why is this happening?
Why am I going through this?
Why is the world like this?

Many, generation after generation, have asked God these questions. These questions stem from us having “figured God out”, we believe we know how God is supposed to do things. We go through scriptures and expect God to do those things, the way we read them.

Note: there are things we go through that we may never get answers to on this side of eternity. Of course, God has the answers…He is just not sharing yet

Habakkuk found himself in such a situation. The whole of Israel was upside down, idolatry, injustice, evil people ruling and he asked why God wasn’t doing anything.
We ask those questions too
If I’m a child of God, why am I going through this?
But I pay my tithes
But I pray
This shouldn’t be happening to me.
Or is it because I don’t pray enough? Or give enough?

We should know that the God of the Bible is sovereign…He does what He wills to fulfill His ultimate purpose.

We should never put God in a box, expecting Him to do things the way we want it.

God replied Habakkuk…He showed His plan (which was almost worse than what Israel was going through)

We need to come to the place where we just stay faithful to what God has called us to do…and let God be God.
We can’t play God like a lottery…I have done this, so I must get this.

The sower and the waterer do not determine increase…God determines the increase. The sower just have to do his part, likewise the waterer and leave everything else to God.

The issues Habakkuk presented to God.
The issue of unanswered prayers
Habakkuk asked “O Lord , how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble?”
The truth is, God answers prayers…but there are answers we cannot handle; and He just keeps doing what He is doing.

Uncontrolled Perversion Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

Don’t allow what you see to limit your view of God

We need to remember:
1. We see only in part most of the time. Nobody has the full picture. We are too limited to figure God out. As believers, because we’ve had 1 or 2 encounters with God, we think we’ve figured God out. We think that’s how the whole world should run.
2. God is not limited to what we think He ought to do in any given situation. If He is “silent” on a situation, He knows what He is doing.

3. God does what He wills without needing permission. He is sovereign

What we need is the grace to stand and keep going until what God is doing is revealed. Thank God for the grace to hold on and the grace to continue.

Habakkuk’s view of God was so limited that God had to literally blow his mind and expand His horizon.

The God we serve is full of surprises. A God that put Rahab, a harlot into the lineage of Jesus. Many examples of Him, in the scriptures, going against what we would consider right, to bring glory to His name.

God that blessed the neglected Leah with fruitfulness over the loved Rachel

There are things we will not have answers to now so we need to give room for God to be God.

– Pastor Oliha