Summary: Habakkuk recognized that he could not allow circumstances to dictate his faith, but instead acknowledged that his faith must be in the Lord’s strength alone.
Living Beyond Your Circumstances
Habakkuk 3:16 (NLT)
I trembled inside when I heard all this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us.
The Silver Lining
- Evil will come
- The day will come
- God says “enough”
- Evil will be forever destroyed
Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NLT)
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,  yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.
- Circumstances would not dictate
- Habakkuk’s faith
- Habakkuk’s hope
- The Lord’s provision
- Habakkuk would find the Lord’s strength
- To sustain
- To provide
- To liberate
- Our confidence must be in the Lord alone
- Job 1:20
Job 1:20 (NLT)
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God.  He said,
"I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be stripped of everything when I die.
The Lord gave me everything I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!"
Habakkuk 3:19 (NLT)
The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.
(For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)
In His Strength
- Living in the Lord’s strength
- Must acknowledge our own weakness
- Must relinquish control
- Must readily respond to His direction
- Sure footing
- The example of the deer
- Runs with speed and agility over rough terrain
Where Does Your Hope Come From?
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