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Sun, Jun 14, 2015

Pt. 1: Where Are You, God?

Lead Pastor, Mark Hardacre, begins the series with a message about Habakkuk's problems with God and important insights from God's response.
Duration:40 mins 27 secs

Message Notes:

Habakkuk’s Problems With God

 

1. You’re not listening to me.

Hab 1:2 (NLT) How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!  "Violence is everywhere!" I cry, but you do not come to save.

Ps 10:1 (NLT) O Lord, why do you stand so far away?  Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

2. You’re allowing injustice to win.

Hab 1:3-4 (NLT) 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.  The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.

 

3. Your answers make no sense.

Hab 1:5-8 (NLT) The Lord replied, "Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn't believe even if someone told you about it.  I am raising up the Babylonians, a cruel and violent people. They will march across the world and conquer other lands.  They are notorious for their cruelty and do whatever they like. Their horses are swifter than cheetahs and fiercer than wolves at dusk.  Their charioteers charge from far away.  Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.

Habakkuk 1:12-13 (NLT) O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—surely you do not plan to wipe us out?  O Lord, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us, to punish us for our many sins.  But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.

 

A Deeply Committed Believer… can express simultaneous questions and faith. 

 

Three Important Insights 

 

1. We only see a part of the picture.

1 Cor 13:12 (NLT) All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

2. God isn’t limited to what we think he ought to do.

Prov 19:21 (NLT) You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail.

3. When we struggle to understand, we embrace God.

Gen 32:24-26 (NLT) This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.  When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob's hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!" But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

Response:

1. In what area do you feel God is unfair?

2. What question do you have for God?

3. What is your next step to move forward?

 

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