When God’s Timing Is Frustrating
God promised Habakkuk that He would right all the wrongs done by their enemies, but the timing seemed delayed. A belief in God's sovereignty implies that we believe God does all things in the right way and at the right time.
5 Patient Resolutions (2:1-5)
#1. Listen (2:1)
A delayed word from the LORD is better than an immediate opinion from anyone else.
#2. Archive (2:2)
Recounting the works of God in the Word of God is essential for your faith enduring.
#3. Wait (2:3)
Even when God doesn’t meet your timetable, He has never once been late.
#4. Trust (2:4)
Righteousness can only be received by having faith in the truly Righteous One – Jesus (cf. Rom. 1:16-17).
#5. Rest (2:5)
Resting in God’s timing means fighting to avoid sinful shortcuts along the way.
5 Impatient Responses (2:6-20)
#1. Greed (2:6-8)
No matter how much stuff you acquire and how much debt you accumulate, this world’s treasures will never satisfy.
#2. Dishonesty (2:9-11)
If you build your security on dishonest methods, you forfeit your reputation.
#3. Exploitation (2:12-14)
It is challenging to impact a world if you benefit from its injustice.
#4. Drunkenness (2:15-17)
Being mastered by alcohol will always lead to progressive sin and shame.
#5. Idolatry (2:18-20)
Our lives will be soundtracked by the silence of our idols or the voice of our Maker.
If you are an unbeliever, you need faith for salvation.
If you are a believer, you need faith for sanctification.