sermon: Habakkuk: A Prophet of Faith (Part One)
Martin G. Collins
Given 06-Aug-16; Sermon #1335; 70 minutes
Martin Collins, focusing on the Prophet Habakkuk, whose name means "one who embraces" or "one who clings," suggests that a major theme of the Book of Habakkuk is the importance of clinging to God regardless of the vicissitudes of life. Habakkuk's prophecy seems to be up-to-date when describing God's called out ones today, who are compelled to cling to God as evil change agents threaten to destroy our civilization. Habakkuk evidently lived following the times of Josiah's massive reforms, a time of spiritual decay following the bright times of Josiah, a transitional time something like we are experiencing today, a time the law is powerless and justice no longer prevails. We should never be tripped up when we see bad things happen to good people or vice versa, realizing that history is indeed following God's timetable. God's timing is perfect. We should never doubt the justice of God, remembering that terrible events cannot separate us from the love of God. When we feel overwhelmed, we need to (1) stop and think, refraining from rash speaking, (2) calmly restate basic principles, (3) put events in their right context, and (4) return to God for further clarification. Habakkuk followed this formula as he reflected upon every attribute of God, realizing that God had been continually faithful to His people and that the impending invasion of the Babylonians was not the last event in God's plan, but only a tool in bringing about God's ultimate purpose. Like Habakkuk, we must detach ourselves from the problem at hand, return to the ramparts and seek God's counsel, staying in the watchtower, seeking God in prayer and study until God gives us the answer, remembering that the just shall live by faith.
Admiral Nelson Distress prayers Ecclesiastes 8:11 Embrace Early part of Jehoiachin's life approximately 609-596 BC I Corinthians 6:7-12 I Chronicles 2:11 Galatians 3:17 God is in charge of history God is over all; He started it and He will end it Habakkuk 1-3 Habaq Hebrews 10:37-38 Hilkiah History follows a divine plan History follows a divine time table History is bound up with the divine kingdom History is under God's control James 1:19; 2:17-21 Jesus Christ is the Lord of history Josiah's massive reforms Just shall live by faith Matthew 24:3-6 Nebuchadnezzar-605 BC Proverbs 17:8 Psalm 17:4 Revelation 4:8 II Chronicles 34:3 II Peter 3:3-4 Scoffers Slow to speak Turning a blind eye
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