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Apr 08, 2018 | Jeff Williamson

Prayer and Agony

Habakkuk 1:1-5

"How long, Lord, must I call for help and You do not listen or cry out to You about violence and You do not save?" Habakkuk 1:2 HCSB

When reading the book of Habakkuk one might think, "Well this is very much like today."  The prophet begins his dialogue by stating that there is 

  • Injustice
  • Violence
  • Oppression
  • SufferingStrife
  • Conflict

There is a power in control that is corrupt. The law is ineffective and from Habakkuk's perspective he feels like justice will never prevail.  The rich exploited the poor and escaped punishment by bribing the officials. The law was either ignored or twisted, and nobody seemed to care.

Habakkuk exhibits concern for the kingdom in the midst of his faith that God would restore the frustrations. The question for us is "Do we have that same concern for society today?" One question we should ask ourselves is whether we have the same perspective on the sinfulness of human society as Habakkuk.  

It's easy to, in the midst of frustrations, to question, doubt and even express unbelief about what God is "up to" in His will and "controlling" of situations. Like Habakkuk, the doubter questions God and may even debate with God, but the doubter doesn't abandon God. But unbelief is rebellion against God, a refusal to accept what He says and does. Unbelief is an act of the will, while doubt is born out of a troubled mind and a broken heart.

As Christians our faith should be like that of a mountain...tall, mighty and strong. If Christians do not weep over the lostness of society, then there is no hope for society. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world according to Jesus (Matt 5: 13-16).  United we should stand unaffected by the chaos, we will stand no matter the cost.

Series Information

The term oracle/dialogue is used in prophetic literature to describe the message from the Lord brought by the prophets. In this study we will be studying the message from the Lord to Habakkuk.   As we study this dialogue we will notice that the dialogue draws the reader into a deeper reflection on the means and methods of God.

  • April 8 - Prayer - Habakkuk 1:1-4
  • April 15 - Divine Answer - Habakkuk 1:5-1
  • April 22 - Something is still wrong - Habakkuk 1:12-2:2
  • April 29 - Embracing Life - Habakkuk 3:1-19