1 Dec, 2021
What’s The Answer?
|READ – “Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” Habakkuk 1:1-4 NLT|
EXAMINE – The book of Habakkuk was written just before the Southern Kingdom of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians. Things had deteriorated in Judah both spiritually and politically. Habakkuk, a frustrated prophet, was crying out to God (Habakkuk 1:2a). Violence was everywhere (Habakkuk 1:2). The land was full of evil deeds, misery, destruction, and people who just loved to argue and fight (Habakkuk 1:3). What was the answer? Apparently, the answer was not their judicial system where the law had become paralyzed and there was no justice in the courts (Habakkuk 1:4). Even the faith community was outnumbered by the pagans.
APPLY – The preacher was frustrated and upset, and he asked a simple question, “How long must he call for help?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Churches today are upset by the evil they see and the violence all around them. Have you ever felt helpless about what you can do? Have you ever felt hopeless that things will never change? Have you ever felt heartbroken about the shape people are in? Let’s keep calling on the LORD for help. God is still Sovereign and He’s on the Throne.
PRAY – Father God, may the joys and hope of Christmas remind us that You are with us and Your power is still unlimited! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!