On Sunday, May 24, 2020, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “God will make it right!” it is Part 3 of our current sermon series Anchored. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.
1. What are some of the evils or injustices you see in our world today?
As Habakkuk underscores, God’s promise is to “make it right.” How do passages like Obadiah 15 and Jeremiah 25:14 help with our perspective about this?
2. Habakkuk 2:3 emphasizes that God’s judgment and ultimate justice is already on His divine schedule—“it will not fail.” How does that truth help us as we are affected by ungodliness and wickedness in our world today?
3. Let’s honestly apply the principles of God’s judgment on the Chaldeans (Babylonians).
Ask yourself truthfully:
Do I ever try to enrich myself at the expense of others?
Do I ever hit others and get violent to get my way?
Do I ever walk over others to reach my own selfish goals?
Do I ever use deceit and manipulation to take advantage of others?
If so, what changes must you make?
4. An idol can be anything that we turn to that takes priority over the place of God in our life.
What are some “idols” that people struggle with in our day?
What “idol” is a temptation for you to seek?
5. In Habakkuk 2:2 God emphasizes that His truth is designed to be shared. Brainstorm about some practical ways you can share God’s truth in your world.
6. Matthew 7:13-14 emphasizes that there are two paths in life. One path is wide and leads to destruction.
Why are there so many people on the wide path? The narrow path leads to life. How does one take the narrow path? Explain
7. For those who like to dig deeper. The phrase, “the righteous (or just) shall live by faith” originally occurs in Habakkuk 2:4. What aspect of living by faith is the focus in the three places in the New Testament where the phrase is quoted? (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38.)
8. Read out loud Isaiah 26:4 Give God thanks for being our everlasting rock!