TEACHER:  Ken Hicks

SCRIPTURES: Habakkuk

BOTTOM LINE:  The Goodness of God in our life is better than Life itself … and His Goodness goes deeper than the Pain of Life … and is more Abiding than the Pleasures of Life.

QUESTION:  Why Do Bad Things & Suffering Happen to Godly People?

 

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The start of 2020, we kicked off the year with this New Series called Come Back to Me.

And if we believe that God created the Heaven’s & the Earth,  we go all the way back to the 1st Letter in God’s Word [the Letter of Genesis] … that’s where we see God telling us that HE is the creator of ALL THINGS.

And from the time Adam & Eve entered the Garden … all the way until Today … there’s been this tension between doing things Our Way  vs. doing things God’s WayAdam & Eve wrestled w/ it, and the result of their wrestling match brought Sin into the World.  From that moment on, we’ve been in a Tug-a-War.

Over and over in the Prophetic Letters, we see God pleading w/ His People, who have chosen to do things Their Way.   Resulting in them drifting away from God and God’s Plan, and God sends these Prophets to share a message w/ them … pleading w/ them to Come Back to Him.

Habakkuk contains some questions in it that my guess is … many of us have wrestled w/ these questions like:

  1. How am I going to make it through this season?
  2. God, Where are You?  I thought You Loved Me?
  3. God … How is this FAIR?

 

ONE:  Habakkuk Expresses His STRUGGLE. 

TWO:  God’s ANSWER! 

THREE:  Life-Giving HOPE. 

  1. We’re Not Innocent People Suffering.
  2. God is Not Short on Power.
  3. God has Not Given Up On US.

 

APPLICATION:

What we can learn about this Life-Giving HOPE from Habakkuk’s Words here?

  1. HOPE Can Exist Alongside of GRIEF.
  2. HOPE is a CHOICE!
  3. HOPE Comes from REMEMBERING & REPEATING!
  4. The HEIGHTS of HOPE Come from the DEPTHS of FAITH!
  5. HOPE in the Future Leads to PRAYER in the Present!

 

And I read that … and hear that … and think to myself … Shouldn’t WE Be Doing That?

When I see God’s Goodness expressed at the cross … not only do I have the Faith to endure under Trial … I yearn to see that Goodness break out in our Generation too!  I want to see God do incredible Miracles in our midst …

  • … in the lives of our friends …
  • … in the lives of my children …
  • … in the Church …
  • … in our City …
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