August 6, 2018: SOAP #3168    Habakkuk 1-3; John 8 Scripture:  Habakkuk (NIV) 2:1 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. Observation:    In chapter 1:1-4, the prophet had a problem.   […]

August 6, 2018: SOAP #3168    Habakkuk 1-3; John 8

Scripture:  Habakkuk (NIV) 2:1 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.

Observation:    In chapter 1:1-4, the prophet had a problem.   How could God allow all the sin to remain in the people who were known as God's people?     In verse 5-11 God tells the prophet that He is raising up the Babylonians to bring judgment on His people.   Then the prophet has a greater problem!   In verses 12-17 the prophet is wondering how God would use someone so wicked to punish those who are less wicked.

In the second chapter, above, the prophet waits for God to answer. God is worth waiting for!   God tells the prophet that He will use the Babylonians to punish Israel, but later God will destroy Babylon.   Chapter two shows that Babylon will reap what it has sown.

Application:   Chapter 3 contains Habakkuk's response.   It is a prayer of appreciation for the greatness of God.   It is a prayer of faith that God will do what He said and free Israel from the rule of the Babylonians.   And it is a commitment to rejoice through the hard times until Israel is free.   The prophet will spend his waiting time rejoicing!

Habakkuk (NIV) 3:17 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.

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, I wait for your answers.   I wait in faith for your answers to be fulfilled. And as I wait, I rejoice.    Amen

Pastor Leon
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