How Could You, God? Feb. 16-22

Outline

 

Habakkuk’s Question

            “God, given who you are , . . .

            How could you use the wicked and say nothing?”

God’s Answer

            Write the message: record it

            Witness to the message: tell it

            Wait for the message: it will happen on time

            Key truth in 2:4 –

                        The righteous will live by faith(fulness)

                                    Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11;Hebrews 10:38

 

Habakkuk

Chapter 1a

1:1-11

Chapter 1b

1:12-2:5

Chapter 2

2:6-20

Chapter 3

3:1-19

Watch

Wait

Warn

Worship

Questions

Faith

Five woes

Praise song

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. When have you had your faith in God shaken? What happened? What are some of your most difficult questions you want to ask God about what he does or does not do?
  2. What does Habakkuk say about God’s character in 1:12-13 (NIV)? Which of these traits of God are most important to you right now?
  3. What is Habakkuk’s complaint to God? How do we ask similar questions today?
  4. God gives Habakkuk three practical action steps (in the NET version each step starts with “W”) What are they? What could it look like today to do each of these?
  5. What are connections between “faith” and “faithfulness”? What does it mean to “live by faith(fulness)”?
  6. How do the New Testament writers each use Habakkuk 2:4 (NIV) in the following verses: Romans 1:17  (NIV); Galatians 3:11 (NIV) and
    Hebrews 10:38 (NIV)?
  7. Read out loud the final affirmation in Habakkuk 3:17-19. You might want to read it in several translations.

 

Family Discussion Questions

  1. In what situations at school or home are you experiencing struggles? Why do you think God is letting that happen? How can our struggles make us stronger?
  2. What does Habakkuk reveal about God in the first part of Habakkuk 1:12 (NIV)? How can knowing God’s eternal nature help you in times of struggle?
  3. Do you think it would be better to punish sin early and often, or patiently let the consequences of our sin play themselves out? How does God deal with our sin? What does Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) say about God’s character and how he deals with us?
  4. When difficult situations arise in your life, how do you handle them? How does God want us to handle them?
  5. What does Habakkuk do in Habakkuk 2:1 (NIV)? What does Psalm 37:7 (NIV) say we should do in times of uncertainty, confusion or trouble?
  6. What truth does God reveal in verse 3 about those who are set against his ways?
  7. What does a greedy person look like? What kinds of things are people greedy for? What are your tempted to be greedy for? What does verse 5 say about greed? What does Jesus say about greed in Luke 12:15 (NIV)? What does Jesus say is the only thing that can truly satisfy us in John 4:13-14 (NIV)?
  8. What situations are you waiting for God to resolve in your life? How can verse 3 give you comfort?

 

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