THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Habakkuk the Prophet
BIBLE PASSAGE: Habakkuk
STORY POINT: Habakkuk learned to have faith and trust in God.
KEY PASSAGE: 2 Chronicles 7:14
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
Overview For Parents:
How much time do you spend waiting? Think about it. Waiting for a traffic light to turn green, waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting at the drive-thru, waiting for a phone call, waiting for a birthday, waiting on someone else.
The fact is, we spend a lot of our time waiting. Why do we wait? We know something is coming. A major factor in waiting is faith—“the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb. 11:1). This is precisely what the prophet Habakkuk addressed. Habakkuk was a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah, living in Judah shortly before it was taken into captivity. He found himself in a period of waiting, first for judgment and then for revival.
All around him, people were oppressed and violence escalated. The Book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s dialogue with the Lord. “How long, Lord, must I call for help?” Habakkuk asked. “Why do You tolerate wrongdoing?”
God answered. He was going to raise up the Babylonians, and they would hold captive the people of Judah. Habakkuk prayed again. Judah deserved to be punished, but the Babylonians were even more wicked than Judah; how could God, in essence, bless them?
God answered. The Babylonian captivity would not last forever. After some time, God was going to rescue His people and punish the Babylonians.
God’s people waited to be delivered from captivity, and those who are in Christ are waiting for the fulfillment of Christ’s return. Until then, we live by faith. (See Heb. 10:35-38.) We can trust that God is sovereign over the future, so “though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines … yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!” (Hab. 3:17-18).
Trusting When We Don't Understand
In Habakkuk's story, we see how many things happened that he didn't understand. Instead of forgetting God, though, he chose to praise him. Has something happened in your life that you don't understand? Are you experiencing something that you don't understand? This week, let's say this together: "Even though I don't understand, I will still trust in you." Remember that even though we don't know why things happen, God does.
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