Habakkuk

February 21 / Daniel Grothe

Habakkuk

Everyday Prophets | February 21, 2021

  • Whereas Advent is an arrival of the Light of God’s salvation, the season of Lent is a descent into the darkness of the human experience.

Movement #1—“Lord, I’m confused by you…”

Habakkuk 1:2-4, 13
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted…13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

  • Most prophets speak God’s word to us; Habakkuk speaks our word to God.
  • Too many Christians are practicing a false politeness in the presence of God.
  • Lent is the Church’s yearly invitation to practice holy lament.
  • Ex…Iranian Pastors in England—12 of them
  • Ex…Dinner—“I feel so much better. My body feels different. My soul feels lighter.”
  • Pain that goes unnamed resurfaces elsewhere.
  • Just because you ignore it doesn’t mean it’s going away.
  • Lent is the Church’s yearly invitation to practice holy lament. Will you respond to the invitation?

Movement #2—“Lord, I wait for you…”

Habakkuk 2:1
1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me

  • Too many people make permanent decisions in the trial of temporary circumstances.
  • The name Habakkuk means "Embracer”
  • Habakkuk is not unique because he has questions.
  • He is unique because he’s willing to wait for an answer.

Movement #3—“Lord, I will praise you…”

Habakkuk 3:17-19
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

  • Though Lament will Mark the Journey, the Destination is Doxology.
  • “I’ve seen you move, you move the mountains, and I believe I’ll see you do it again…”

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