Habakkuk (Letter 35, Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters)

Never ignore our struggle with how God does things. Ask every question that rises in our heart as we live in this world. But prepare ourself to struggle even more with His response. We must stumble in confusion before we dance with joy.

Habakkuk saw problems in the church of his day like for example in today’s Christianity:

  • surface worship that provides excitement but no power to change;
  • recognition-hungry spiritual leaders who remain blind to their insecurity-driven ministry and, there, are unable to call people to tru brokenness;
  • cheapening views of the cross that reduce Christ’s death to an affirmation of people’s value and a call to similarly affirm others;
  • a postmodern revision of Christianity into a kingdom-building story told on a foundation of either truth-denying uncertainty or unknowable truth-resulting in a religion of moral flexibility that weakens the demands of holiness;
  • a pride-enhancing emphasis on size, activity, and celebrity that corrupts church into a merely inspiring event and moves it away from a supernatural opportunity to know God, and to know oneself and others with a painful realism that drives God’s people to ever-deepening dependence and trust.

Habakkuk prayed for brokenness in his people and revival through His Spirit. He saw neither.

Only those who struggle in confusion and wait in hope will be strengthened to struggle well and to wait with confidence.

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HABAKKUK – David Jeremiah (Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible)

Key thought: When we don’t like the way our world is shaping up, we’re in the best possible place to learn how the righteous live by faith.

Key Verse: Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food … yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Key Action: We must live by faith, not by sight, trusting God fully even when everything seems to fail around us.