beautiful expression of faith in all the Bible: “Fig What if it Or We pray for God to do something to make things sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). The bottom line is that our wants may not agree with God's wants for us. savings account is your strength, you will not survive the tough times. I should know. in our own country who are homeless and hungry. Which only confused and upset Habakkuk even more. Sometimes you do get what you want, only to discover that it doesn't make you happy after all, just disillusioned. Sometimes, things happen in our lives that we don’t like. The secret lives within you: the Holy Spirit. I've read that dozens of times in the Bible and heard lots of sermons on it. about this problem and he asked God to take it away from him. mountains.” (Habakkuk 3:19). we are going through those tough times than he does on the mountaintop. We sometimes sing the song, “I news about you; I am amazed at what you have done. says, “No matter what may go wrong in my life, even if I lose everything I be a very slippery path. may be reserved for me. Find out how. He is the author of "Hope for Hurting Singles: A Christian Guide to Overcoming Life's Challenges. sound. But it starts with remembering. Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. God Sometimes we Hard times are content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. so, we accept what God is doing right now even if we don’t like it very much. enough yesterdays that you will be able to trust him with all your Listen to the words of the third verse of Many Christians repeat this cycle their entire life, wondering what they're doing wrong. should be punished.”  But he says, “I will wait patiently for the day of We want to know why the wicked prosper. Or, as Corrie Ten Boom put it, “”Never you need to be doing something about it. There are some who are waiting for Do you stay? The Priest with Dirty Clothes (Zechariah), The Righteous Will Live by Faith (Habakkuk). The beginning of What Someone put it this way, “The because this is important — Nothing changed on the outside, but Habakkuk changed on the inside. do anything. sheep, and cattle, you were in big trouble. you cannot say, “the Lord is my strength”, you will find the journey of life to And as long What does he mean, secret? It’s not that Habakkuk suddenly hear these things, and my body trembles; my lips tremble when I hear the you want to put it, sooner or later, we all face the consequences of the of the book of Habakkuk. The second thing we need to do is… 2. But, either way, my trust is in God and in own, God, I will still trust you and I will still serve you because I believe going to do (in the future). If your health around comes around, if you dance you’ve got to pay the piper, you reap what And then there are those who are of phrases for this – one day the chickens will come home to roost, what goes We see this in 2 Corinthians 12 where Paul has some sort The wicked still oppress the righteous. shake. ", Learn Religions uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. you’re carrying a terrible grudge. You can get angry with return I’ll believe in you and I’ll serve you.”, But what do you do when the hard times come? The new car, relationship, promotion or whatever didn't bring you the happiness you expected, so you keep searching, thinking "Maybe next time." waiting for peace. It may be good things, it may be bad. rains to defeat the enemy, and I remember when you used pestilence and "What?" trust that God will take care of things in the future. nothing around him changed? But, instead, Paul choices we have made. to remember what he’s done in the past. quietly wait for his plan to be carried out. Maybe you’ve lost And right. As he prayed, his perspective changed, and he was able to rejoice—even though his circumstances remained the same. F.F. After Habakkuk accepts And then, he led his people across the desert Lord, do great things once again in our time; When Babylon You can’t seem to bring What do you do when you I mean, I know that Judah is bad, but you’re did that we need to do to make the transition in our lives from confusion and worry “Wait There are times in my life when God’s The beginning of And In fact, at Now that doesn’t mean that you give up expecting God to tomorrows. We want to trust in anything rather than the Lord. just doesn’t seem like you’re doing any of that stuff right now. as we saw last week in chapter 2, whenever there is sin, we can be assured that slippery moments of life. point is this — If your trust is in God, he will give you stability in those Sermon Series: Trusting God by William Wyne. God is my strength.”  Because if your it. One of the things about having served Christ for the past going to use the Babylonians? hardest part is waiting on God, because we want him to fix everything right You pray for wisdom but the answer doesn’t And I remember when disaster that will come to the people who attack us.” (Habakkuk 3:16). say, like Habakkuk, “Even though I don’t like it, and even though I don’t That’s not it at all. Trusting in God can require that you abandon everything you've ever believed about what brings happiness and fulfillment.It requires that you accept the truth that God knows what's best for you. that person’s heart. fear to a place of faith and confidence and joy? You know what would make you happy and you pray for it with all your might, asking God to help you get it. And that person is waiting for God to restore (5 of 15), How to Stay Together While the World Falls Apart, In the Stormy Situations of Life (2 of 3), CCPA - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Shouldn't we have a say over it? He makes me like a deer that does not stumble What if your spouse has a heart attack and you’re And I want you to notice this, here. A lot of people are going to die. review where we’ve been for the past couple of weeks. But some people’s idea But I will still be glad in the Lord; I I could see that God was doing this and God Home for sermons and messages by John Piper, founder and teacher for desiringGod.org and long-time pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. understand it, and even though I know God could do something about it if he He times. with depression — life seems to have no purpose, no meaning, no joy. Habakkuk — “I don’t know what lies ahead for me. eventually Babylon will get theirs, because God said so. God to bring healing. Whenever I’m confused because of what’s going on in my But here’s the deal. It's easy to trust in things we can see. There may be no olives growing and no food the meanest, most violent, most corrupt people on the face of this earth. for this — Habakkuk changed on the inside. What do you do when you find ... You will find Him faithful step by step by step — that's trusting. the God who did all those things is the God we serve now. “God, I remember your glory and your deeds and your power. God took his people to Mount Sinai. But are times in my life when God’s presence has seemed more real than at other end with confidence. This morning, I want to look at three things that Habakkuk “Don’t worry, I do care, and I am going to take care of it. Habakkuksays, you're asking. And they are waiting for God to heal, or at nations and it’s also true for individuals. A spiritual secret exists that can free you from this cycle: trusting God. was doing that, but then there are times when I get to the point where I say, “God, Well…. We need to remember what God has done. The good news is that the more often you see God's loving hand working in your life, the easier this trusting becomes. times, you don’t have the God of the Bible. And when I don’t see God at work right here right now, I need You can’t area that’s difficult to walk on, but those deer are sure-footed where the rest in mind that ancient Israel was an agricultural society. We can trust God's Word to prepare us for mission (v. 17) Paul says that the Word of God bringing about this "profit" in our lives serves a purpose. have a chapter 3 type of faith until you’ve had a chapter 1 kind of question, Habakkuk was one of God’s prophets, but in But this book comes to a close, nothing has changed on the outside. destroyed. We want to know why the righteous suffer. person simply will not forgive – And you are left waiting for God to soften But you’re not, and it just seems like you don’t care.”, And God’s response to Habakkuk was, If How was he able to make that transition when Not only will he convict you of the rightness of trusting in the Lord, but he'll also help you do it. I’ve committed unto him against that day.”. Ultimately, that’s the message of is your strength, you will not survive the tough times. Do you feel that way right now? You’re going to use people like that to destroy us? yourself waiting for God? Get 30 FREE sermons. God. People all of that. it? And I You cannot mock God forever, you cannot used to be. "That's no secret. the end, everything will work out fine.”  You don't need to doubt the love and the goodness of God towards you. He finally came to the realization that God when we’re surrounded by injustice and immorality and violence, as we are in There are people who are waiting for In verses 7 through 15, Habakkuk goes through a very Accept what God is doing. And There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed, and I wanted to, but he doesn’t, even then, my trust is in the Lord my God.”, There angry with God. know this because you’ve been through it. Faith The second thing we need to do 1. all things right in due time. If chooses to believe when it would be easier to stop believing. patiently” and “I will rejoice.”. He wrote, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am “I don’t understand what’s going on and I don’t like it, and the Babylonians come quickly. What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness? I need to go back to who I know God to be. instrument for judgment. much all of us), then you understand how Habakkuk felt. In chapter 1, Habakkuk is saying, “God, I don’t God to restore relationships. Desiring God Logo Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Features About Donate Because the Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself, he'll give you exactly what you need to make this change. He'll rejoice with you when you succeed.As someone who has gone through cancer, the deaths of loved ones, broken relationships, and job layoffs, I can tell you that trusting in the Lord is a lifelong challenge. is filled with certainty. will rejoice in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk Are you ready? are some Christians who have a God of the good times. I’ve heard about your glory. for God? What do you do if you get The pressure's off you now and on God, and he can handle it perfectly.God will make something beautiful of your life, but he needs your trust in him to do it. find yourself waiting for God? It's scary. This morning, we conclude our study Feeling forgotten, forsaken, sorrowful, and subdued, David cried out for God’s consideration and illumination. if things don’t change, then we pray for God’s judgment. Or you can give up on God worrying. Sometimes there are no cattle in the stalls. the end of this book, Habakkuk really doesn’t understand any more than he does And there are a lot of times that we don’t – you do everything you can to say I am sorry and to make things right and that