Saturday, November 2, 2019

Habakkuk 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Habakkuk 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Habakkuk was a prophet of God which means he delivered messages from God. His book begins with a complaint to God. He asks God: why don’t you hear me? Why don’t you care? How can a good God let bad things happen? People are suffering here! (2-4)
  • God answers Habakkuk with a promise of action (verses 5-11) and punishment for those that abused their power. He promises that he will allow the wicked nation of Babylon to swoop in and destroy the people.
  • The chapter ends with another complaint from Habakkuk: Why would God use something so awful to punish his own people who were bad but not as bad as the Babylonians. (Hint: God’s answer comes in tomorrow’s reading)

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Sometimes life just sucks, bad things happen to good people and it’s totally normal to complain to God about it! People have been peppering God with questions about pain and suffering for thousands of years.
  • And God isn’t silent, he answers their questions. Perhaps not always with the answer they want to hear, and often not in the timing they desire, but how amazing is it that you CAN ask those questions to God? God will both listen and answer.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It’s okay to ask God the tough questions. And you can ask the tough questions at Verve, too. In fact, no question is off-limits. Try this: Right now, pause for a moment and go ahead and complain to God. Let him know if you’re annoyed at your boss, frustrated with your teenager, or if you’re just tired of trying to find the right “thing” to make you happy. Ask God to help you listen for his answer.