Summary: The burden we should have for the lost
Read Hab 1:1-5
Why was Habakkuk afraid?
He needed a word from God because of his burden
He needed faith to cling to at this time when the nation was in terrible violence
Like Habakkuk, we question His ways and His timings
Why are you doing something Lord?
When will you move your hand and deliver us?
Yet His ways are above our ways
God’s wisdom is far greater than our wisdom
Abraham and Sarah had to wait for the promise, but they too got impatient
Moses asked, how long shall I have these people murmuring people?
How much longer must we be in this wilderness?
We can protest and ask ‘how long’
But God’s timing is always perfect
Even in Rev 6 we see the redeemed in heaven ask ‘How long O Lord until you avenge our blood’
We are an impatient lot aren’t we?
But God’s ways and timing are a mystery to us
If we knew how and when God would move then he would cease to the mysterious God that He is
We would get bored; instead we look and wait in anticipation wondering how He will do it this time
How will He deal with this situation?
That’s the excitement of knowing Him!
We cannot comprehend His grace
Here the prophet is calling out for answers but gets none
He wanted God to deal with the problem there and then
What would happen if God didn’t delay and dished out the justice on the world?
2 Pet tells how God in the days of Noah waited while Noah built the ark
He could have saved Noah and destroyed the people long before he did
But His grace gave them every opportunity to repent and turn from their ways
And how in the time of Abraham and Lot, God would have held back judgement from Sodom and Gomorrah if the people had repented
2 Peter 2:9 ... the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the Day of Judgment
Waiting for God, is not always easy
For ourselves and for others it means we have to trust Him and have confidence in Him
Why didn’t the people listen to the prophets?
And even today, people don’t want to read passages about judgement and sin
Perhaps they were uncomfortable and are uncomfortable with the message of sin
For many, they’ve hardened their hearts
They insisted on ‘feel good’ messages instead of the truths of the Word
They were convinced that they were not under judgement
They saw the sin of everyone else but not their own
How many point the finger at another when a message is spoken?
It’s for so and so... not me
So and so needed to be here to hear this today.....
The book of Habakkuk was for them there and then, but not us today we hear
We have to accept all scripture
The life and message of the prophets are to listen to the voice of God and follow Him
Chap 1:1 tells us, the burden Habakkuk saw
God delays to answer at times to test our faith
Habakkuk speaks against the people
It is heavy and burdensome
The message of God isn’t always easy to bear
Why does God lay a heavy burden on him or at times on us?
We don’t think it fits in with the nature of God when Jesus said that we should take our burdens to Him
But Habakkuk’s name means to cling to God
He calls out to God
The message wasn’t to be watered down
He was doing his duties in the temple when the vision came
The vision was what God was going to do
He was to write it down
God will fulfil it in His time
A time of Judgement, yet grace holds it back at this moment
The judgement is certain, the timing is unknown
There was a disregard for holiness
He was troubled that the culture he lived in was preoccupied with violence
They became de-sensitised to it
A generation like those that preceded the flood
Restless for things and wanting new things, material things
Why does God put up with this?
One word, Grace
Habakkuk is crying out for deliverance, why?
Because this prophet cared for the people and he loved the presence of God
So why was God silent?
Why give Habakkuk this burden?
He gives the righteous a burden so they have a heart for the sinner and have compassion on them
God was breaking this man’s heart so he would pray for the people
He lived in a lawless society
There was social strife
More laws and legislation were introduced, but it didn’t help
Things just got worse
Judah with all their political correctness