Habakkuk | Part 2

Pastor Chris shares part 2 of our series from the book of Habakkuk. And this book is an interesting one. The book, centered around the prophet Habakkuk, was one one of the 12 minor prophets in the Old Testament. He originally was a musician from the Temple but was promoted up to Priest. Then God called him to be a prophet. Written around 600BC give or take a few years. However, what’s interesting is he’s the only prophet to push back to God. He is the only one of the 12 to push back. Pushing back on the message that God wants him to share with the people. It is written during the time of increasing corruption and violence in society.
Chapter 1 was about holding on to God and embracing or wrestling with Him during these times of coming into the “dip.” Chapter 2 of the book talks about what do we do when we are in the “dip.” There are 3 specific things that you can do when you find yourself there. The first is to stop and listen. Habakkuk 2:1 says, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.”
Habakkuk is stopping and positioning himself to be able to listen to God. So many times we just complain while praying or talking with God and then go on with our lives. But if we were to stop and listen to God, I wonder what He would say?  God is relational God who loves to speak to His children. And if we just stop to listen, God will often speak to you!
The second thing that we can do is to write down what God tells us. Habakkuk 2:2, “Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tables so that a herald may run with it.'” We so quickly forget what God tells us when He does speak to us. But why does God want us to write it down? Years later when it comes about and I prove myself true, He wants everyone to see that He’s a God of His word. When God does tell you something, write it down. The spiritual enemy is an expert at stealing the seeds of truth that God wants to plant!  Do not forget these promises.
The third thing that you can do while in the “dip” is to wait. And wait. Wait. Then wait some more. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it: it will certainly come and will not delay.” When God promises something, you may have to wait a while, but you can take His promise to the bank!  Remember God’s delays are not God’s denials. When God promises something, it will come to pass!

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