Why God?!, Feb. 9-15



Habakkuk’s pointed questions

             How long?!


God’s shocking answer

            Watch and be amazed

            Ruthless destroyers are coming




Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever heard of Habakkuk? Read it? No matter how crazy they might be, what were your early thoughts about this book before starting our study?
  2. Has there been a time in your life when God seemed silent? When he was apparently not answering your prayers? How did (or do) you feel toward God in that situation? Can you relate to Habakkuk?
  3. In your own words how would you express Habakkuk’s questions and accusations to God in verses 1-4? What has upset him?
  4. What hard questions would you like to ask God? What has God done, or not done, that upsets you?
  5. In verse 5, what does God say to Habakkuk to prepare him for his answer? How do these words apply to how God might answer us today?
  6. What is God’s answer to Habakkuk (see verses 6-11)?
  7. In the last line of verse 11, what does God say to the Babylonians? How is guilt a universal human problem?
  8. Going beyond Habakkuk chapter one, how does God deal with the problem of human guilt?
  9. Read together the wonderful affirmation in the last three verses of the book: Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV).


Family Discussion Questions

  1. What are your impressions of Habakkuk 1:1-11 (NIV)? What were Habakkuk’s two big questions of God? Can you recall other Bible characters who have strongly questioned what God is doing (think about Job, David and Jonah)?
  2. How would you describe Habakkuk’s tone towards God? Have you ever felt that way?
  3. What sins does Habakkuk specifically mention in verses 1-4? Have you seen these things in your life, at your schools, your community or our country today?
  4. In what ways is God trying to get your attention today? In what areas of your life are you tempted to sin and turn away from God and toward your own ways (Isaiah 53:5-7) (NIV)?
  5. Have you ever prayed for something and felt that God hasn’t answered you? How does God’s answer to Habakkuk in verse 5 give you hope for your questions about what God is doing? What does verse 5 tell you about God?
  6. Have you ever experienced something bad that turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
  7. Who did God use to discipline his people in this passage (verse 4)? How are they described? Who and what does God use to discipline you? Why does he do that?
  8. Activity: Take turns reading Psalm 139 (NIV) together, alternating verses among your family members. Why do you think God would go to such drastic lengths to turn us back to him?



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