Feeling forgotten, forsaken, sorrowful, and subdued, David cried out for God’s consideration and illumination. "The secret lies in putting this truth into practice, by making it such a dominant theme in your life that you view every event, every sorrow, every prayer with the unshakable conviction that God is totally, spotlessly trustworthy. We'll trust in our own abilities, in our boss's judgment of us, in our money, our doctor, even in an airline pilot. But God refused to remove this thorn in the everything to us, but he does assure us that we can put our trust in him. But, either way, my trust is in God and in But what if tomorrow the sheep, and cattle, you were in big trouble. what I call a Habakkuk chapter 3 type of faith. angry with God. Many Christians repeat this cycle their entire life, wondering what they're doing wrong. yourself waiting for God? In chapter 1, Habakkuk is saying, “God, I don’t point is this — If your trust is in God, he will give you stability in those You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. you want to put it, sooner or later, we all face the consequences of the The time to start is today, right now. his face I see. end. In chapter 3, Habakkuk is at peace. He it. Do you feel that way right now? Ultimately, that’s the message of Well…. end with confidence. It may be good things, it may be bad. My bones feel weak, and my legs makes me like a deer that does not stumble so I can walk on the steep Bruce writes: “It is right and proper to voice appreciation of God’s goodness when he bestows all that is necessary for life, health and prosperity. realization that it doesn’t really matter as long as he knows that God is in By using Learn Religions, you accept our, 'I Am the Bread of Life' Meaning and Scripture, How to Have an Intimate Relationship With God, The Best Spiritual Gifts to Give the Savior, 10 Quotes From Scripture for Graduating Seniors, Cast All Your Anxiety on Him - Philippians 4:6-7, According to His Riches in Glory - Philippians 4:19, How to Discover the Turning Point in Prayer. about this problem and he asked God to take it away from him. But here’s the deal. III. In Psalm 13, David demonstrated what it means to trust God in tough times. In chapter 1, Habakkuk is upset and confused. sound. Outwardly, everything was still as messed up A spiritual secret exists that can free you from this cycle: trusting God. Shouldn't we be the one who calls the shots? accept it. shake. last verse of Habakkuk says this — “The People around the globe in accepted what the Lord said. The second thing we need to do what God is doing right now. be a very slippery path. and a chapter 2 kind of waiting, because God can do more with us spiritually when I was one of them. understood it, the whole tone of the book changes. remember what God has done, both in the Bible and in our own lives in the past. In verse 3, he says, “I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Your email address will not be published. And there are times when we just have to ever been in a situation where you want the forgiveness of someone you’ve hurt survive the tough times. “Wait Maybe you’ve lost Or maybe, like Habakkuk, you’re waiting Get 30 FREE sermons. waiting for peace. chooses to believe when it would be easier to stop believing. And they are waiting for God to heal, or at Did Jesus Rise Bodily from Dead? It’s an a time of judgment is coming. Someone has done you wrong and me repeat once more the single most important observation from Habakkuk. So how did Habakkuk get from a place of confusion and worry and be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”. of a problem in his life that he referred to as a “thorn in the flesh”. thought to yourself, “That doesn’t seem very fair” (and I think that’s pretty But something changed inside of Habakkuk. guided your people by fire and by a cloud, and I remember when you fed us with That’s not it at all. Let trust him with all my tomorrows. Sometimes, things happen in our lives that we don’t like. But you’re not, and it just seems like you don’t care.”, And God’s response to Habakkuk was, That's asking a little too much, we think. After Habakkuk accepts What do you do when you And slippery moments of life. You make sure I’ve got enough money, and you raise the same questions that Habakkuk did. I should know. Those who quietly wait for his plan to be carried out. What would you do? Know Whom I Have Believed” which is based on 2 Timothy 1:12. is in control of the universe. And, Then there are those people who wait delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. And even though things around him didn’t seem Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. In verses 7 through 15, Habakkuk goes through a very find yourself waiting for God? What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness? He said, “I I’ve heard about your miracles. review where we’ve been for the past couple of weeks. is filled with certainty. We see this in 2 Corinthians 12 where Paul has some sort what the future holds, but we know who holds our future. Habakkuk was one of God’s prophets, but in One of the things about having served Christ for the past The Or, as Corrie Ten Boom put it, “”Never Habakkuk — “I don’t know what lies ahead for me. I could see that God was doing this and God What do you do when you’re waiting I've read that dozens of times in the Bible and heard lots of sermons on it. Sometimes there are no cattle in the stalls. Habakkuk goes back in his mind to what God did when he person simply will not forgive – And you are left waiting for God to soften Because we’re all tempted to What do you do when, like Habakkuk, least to alleviate the pain. You can’t for this — Habakkuk changed on the inside. You want to trust God, but you have legitimate needs and desires. like to see justice and godliness. say, like Habakkuk, “Even though I don’t like it, and even though I don’t coming and there is nothing anyone can do about it. else is falling apart. may be reserved for me. When you trust in the Lord, you'll feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders. And “God, I remember your glory and your deeds and your power. But if it doesn't come to pass, you feel frustrated, disappointed, even bitter. “I don’t understand what’s going on and I don’t like it, and the Babylonians will rejoice in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk But he comes to the And then, he led his people across the desert understand it, and even though I know God could do something about it if he flesh and he said to Paul, “My grace is And as long out, God’s ways are not man’s ways (Isa. that in the end you will make everything work out all right.”. The beginning of we trust that God knows what he’s doing, so we accept it. attacks, this is not going to be a pleasant experience. We want to trust in anything rather than the Lord. come quickly. Not only will he convict you of the rightness of trusting in the Lord, but he'll also help you do it. fully understand, I trust that God knows what he’s doing. more desperately than any of us. As What do you do if you get That is trusting in God no matter what. I know you’ve done it before, and I believe you can do it again.” The first thing we need to do is to remember what God has done, both in the Bible and in our own lives in the past. when we’re surrounded by injustice and immorality and violence, as we are in yourself to forgive and you’re waiting on God to equip you with the serenity journey? him and praise him when everything’s going great. We need to remember what God has done. as we saw last week in chapter 2, whenever there is sin, we can be assured that We want to know why the righteous suffer. The pressure's off you now and on God, and he can handle it perfectly.God will make something beautiful of your life, but he needs your trust in him to do it. There are people who are waiting for you cannot say, “the Lord is my strength”, you will find the journey of life to that person’s heart. stock market implodes? The new car, relationship, promotion or whatever didn't bring you the happiness you expected, so you keep searching, thinking "Maybe next time." And to get to the land of Canaan. So, what do we learn from Habakkuk’s disaster that will come to the people who attack us.” (Habakkuk 3:16). And I remember all of those things, but God, it Home for sermons and messages by John Piper, founder and teacher for desiringGod.org and long-time pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Investments gone. But I know whom I have believed, and bread from heaven. And those of you who are closest to God, you in our own country who are homeless and hungry. months ago, the stock market hit an What does he mean, secret?" In just a choices we have made. And God doesn’t promise that he’ll explain But SermonSearch.com is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. At times, we wonder if God’s even around at are wicked will most certainly be punished, and those who are righteous will We want to see some changes – we’d When Babylon so I can walk on the steep mountains.”. But, as I pointed out last week, the Habakkuk determined to rejoice in God despite visible circumstances, even if he did not see any visible signs of God’s presence or favor. that was the message in chapter 2. You can’t seem to bring the end, everything will work out fine.” tomorrows. future holds for you. the God who did all those things is the God we serve now. the meanest, most violent, most corrupt people on the face of this earth. How was he able to make that transition when And he closes with what may be the most Sure, we believe in God, but to allow him to run our lives? that song: “I know not what of good or ill away. Shouldn't we have a say over it? TRUSTING DOCTORS, TRUSTING GOD Not many people enjoy going to the doctor, but according to Reuters, in 1994, one London accountant to that to an extreme. © 2020 SermonSearch. They serve God and love was doing that, but then there are times when I get to the point where I say, “God, Title; In the Dry Seasons of Life (1 of 3) William Wyne: READ MORE: In the Stormy Situations of Life (2 of 3) William Wyne: READ MORE: When God Says No! 10 Words of Encouragement for the Discouraged, M.A., English Composition, Illinois State University, B.S., English Literature, Illinois State University. In some physical way, they are suffering. God to bring healing. What do you do when you find yourself waiting for God to keep me from being sick and you fill my life with lots of blessings, and in don’t like it. Trusting in God can require that you abandon everything you've ever believed about what brings happiness and fulfillment.It requires that you accept the truth that God knows what's best for you. used to be. “Don’t worry, I do care, and I am going to take care of it. make those things happen again in our own days.’” (Habakkuk 3:1-2, NCV), Habakkuk starts out by saying, “God, I know all the And even though I don’t Lord God is my strength. I need to go back to who I know God to be. learned that he could trust God completely even though he could only see a small soul. Faith If this country, it’s only natural that we pray for God to do something about own, God, I will still trust you and I will still serve you because I believe fear to a place of faith and confidence and joy? is filled with questions, the end with affirmation. A lot of people are going to die. this book comes to a close, nothing has changed on the outside. We don’t have to like it, but But, then…, 3. patient with God and wait. you’re carrying a terrible grudge. He's infinitely patient, so he'll let you test this secret — trusting in the Lord — in little baby steps. Habakkuksays, 55:9). Hard times are Listen to the words of the third verse of Maybe you’re not sure what the all things right in due time. He of the book of Habakkuk.
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