Living By Faith In An Unbelieving World.
Living by Faith in an Unbelieving World: A Study of the Book of Habakkuk
Waiting and Walking in God’s Vision Habakkuk1:12-2:3
Pastor John Lloyd
January 14, 2018
“Setbacks are often setups for God to act.” Craig Groeschel
Wait for God’s vision for it will surely come. Walk in God’s vision for it will surely come to pass. Looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2018. May we glorify and honor the Lord with our lives. Pastor John
Habakkuk 2:1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. Memory Verse: 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
Big Idea: Wait for God’s vision… it will surely come. Walk in God’s vision, for it will surely come to pass. God’s best is yet to come.
I. When __________ come, trust the character of God for His setup.
Habakkuk 1:12 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof. 13 You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more
Habakkuk 1:16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich.17 Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever? (Jn 16:33)
How could God use His Son Jesus, who was sinless to become our sins on the cross? How could He become unrighteousness so we could be made righteous? How can he make us worthy when none of us are worthy?
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
I Peter 3:18a For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, (Hebrews 12:3)
Hebrews 12:3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
My greatest setback is an opportunity to experience God’s mighty strength. Setups come from setbacks! The just shall live by faith.
II. Get with God in setbacks trouble and look for His _____________.
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
Psalm 73:16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” (John 4:35)
Reflective Questions: Ask God to show you what you cherish at your core? At what are you aiming your life? What are His setups for you?
III. In a plain and simple way, _________ down what God shows you.
Habakkuk 2:2And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
Devotional life: I Timothy 4:15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
Purity: I Thessalonians 4: 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; (4:4)
Marriage/relationships: Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Church: I will build my church. Go and make disciples. (Mt.16:18,28:19)
Children: No greater joy than to see my children walking in the truth.
Finances: Matthew 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Word: Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Brothers/Sisters: 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brothers/sisters, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. (See Question 8 from Growth group)
God’s vision will surely come. God’s best is yet to come!
IV. Wait for the ______________ to come to pass.
Habakkuk 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (John 4:34, Ephesians 3:20)
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. John 14:3
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Hab. 2:3b If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
God’s vision will surely come to pass! God’s best is yet to come!
Growth Group Questions for January 14, 2018
1. Read Habakkuk 1:13-2:3. Summarize in your own words what’s going on this passage.
2. Read Habakkuk 1:13 & I Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does Jesus solve the problem we encounter of God’s eyes being too pure to look upon evil?
3. Read Habakkuk 1:14-17. Why is Habakkuk upset about God using the Chaldeans/Babylonians to punish Judah?
4. Read Habakkuk 2:1. Where does Habakkuk go to seek God’s answer? What kind of answer does Habakkuk expect the Lord to give him after his second complaint? What do you expect to hear from God after you complain to Him? Where do you go to hear from God?
5. Read Psalm 27:14, 130:5-6, Lamentations 3:25-26, Luke 18:7-8. What do these verses teach us about waiting? What helps you wait?
6. Read Psalm 62:1-8. What can we learn from the Psalmist as he faces difficulties? What verse speaks to you from this passage? Why is it important?
7. Read Habakkuk 2:2. What kind of vision is God talking about here? Why is it important to write it down and make it plain and simple?
8. Read Habakkuk 2:2-3. There are two thoughts in this passage. One is to write God’s vision and the other is to trust His Word. Spend time asking God to give you a fresh battle plan and renewed vision for your spiritual walk, family, friends, witness, ministry and finances.
9. Pray with someone for strength to wait on God as He gives you and them fresh vision and battle plan for success. In a plain and simple way, write these things down and continue to update and pray for each other.