Sunday, November 3, 2019

November 3 - Habakkuk 2 & 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Habakkuk 2 & 3. 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?)
  • Chapter 2 begins with Habakkuk awaiting God’s answer to the question at the end of yesterday’s reading (Why is God going to allow bad things to happen?)
  • God’s answer calls for patience and he promises many woes will come to all sinners. Those sins include greediness and stealing, failing to uphold justice, and encouraging shameful behaviors.
  • Chapter 3 is a prayer of honoring God and putting faith in him, trusting his word. Habakkuk recalls with amazement the many times God saved his people in the past and asks God to do it again. He (Habakkuk) decides he will trust in God because even if everything else in the world is lost, God still remains.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We learn three things from Habakkuk: One, God can handle all our questions and will always listen to them but he won’t give you an answer for every one. Two, God works on his own time; having to wait builds our patience and enhances our perspective. Three, having faith doesn’t mean never having any doubts but it does mean you have confidence in God.
  • God doesn’t promise that life will be free of challenges, but he does promise that you can find encouragement and hope when you put your trust in him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • The last line of today’s reading, verse 19 of chapter 3, is a beautiful image of strength and triumph: a deer scaling to the top of the mountain. What challenging mountains are in your life today? Do you feel stuck? Take a moment right now to tell God what’s weighing you down. Go ahead and complain if you’re tired and can’t take another step, he is ready to give you strength.