Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Habakkuk Bible Study Notes Chapter 1


Habakkuk 1

-Is it alright to question God when things don’t seem to make that much sense and the righteous seem to suffer under the oppressive hands of violent, wicked, unjust, and rebellious people? Habakkuk, the prophet, gives us an example of the honest-heartfelt cries for help in a distressful situation that was impossible to understand from the human perspective. He wants to know why Babylon (the Chaldeans) are so successful when they reject the living God and worship their own strength (Habakkuk 1:11). Habakkuk knows the truth that they will be held guilty before the LORD, but he is perplexed by what seems to be the LORD’s favor on those who deal treacherously (Habakkuk 1:13). *Application* God sincerely wants us to come to Him with our struggles and doubts. He wants our honesty and confusion to come before Him so that we realize in the end that the problem is not with God and His ways, but with our limited understanding of Him and what He is doing. David was the perfect example in the Psalms of honest pleas in prayer to the LORD over situations that seemed ridiculous and undeserved caused by the enemy. Job is another example from Scripture that shows us the ways that God works to bring us into a more intimate knowledge of Him and His ways for a closer walk with Him and His blessing. Habakkuk in this first chapter shows us that it is perfectly fine to beg for answers from our God in a profound manner that is bold and confident when we have complaints. We will see that eventually God will give His answers with an avalanche of proof and prediction. The LORD is all wise and reveals His mysteries to the earnest seekers!

Verses to Memorize: Habakkuk 1:2, 11

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