<>< <>< <>< <><Habakkuk wrestled through his answers to the “how long” and “why” questions of Habakkuk 1:2-3.
- What are reasons that Christians/non-Christians might give (accurate or not) for “how long” and “why” God is doing something?
- How might these types of questions strengthen our hope in God?
- How might these types of questions weaken our hope in God?
Habakkuk struggled because it seemed like 2 of God’s attributes were in conflict (1) His almighty power and (2) His perfect character.
- When you are going through pain which of these are you most likely to question? Why?
- Which of these are you more likely to hold on to? Why?
- What is your biblical basis for holding on to these things?
Verse 2:3 implies that patience will be needed for Habakkuk as he wrestles through life. How is patience cultivated in your life?
He speaks of idols in 2:18-20. An idol, according to Ken Sande, is “something other than God that we set our hearts on, that motivates us, that masters/rules us, and that we serve.”
- Can you identify the idols of our culture?
- Can you identify your own idols?
- How do we glamorize our idols (2:19)?
- How does glamorizing our idols lead to further destruction?
He asks for God to remember mercy even in wrath (3:2) Do you view these 2 traits to be incompatible? Why or why not?
How is your vision of God corrected by chapter 3?
- What did you already know about God?
- What incomplete or inaccurate thoughts have you had?
- Should the strong statement in 3:17-19 be considered as optimistic, pessimistic, and/or realistic? Why?
MORE PERSONAL QUESTIONS to be asked with accountability relationships in mind.
- What deep struggles have you had that make you ask big questions of God?
- Have you asked those questions in faith or unbelief?
- What Christian brother or sister can walk with you through these times?
- What Christian brother or sister needs you to walk with them through these times?
- What is your role in personal ministry?