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Habakkuk, Prophet to Judah | Habakkuk 1–3

TRUST AND OBEY

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 9.13.37 AMYou may be familiar with the well-known hymn Trust and Obey. The lyrics were written in the 1800s by John H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister. They were inspired by a young man who stood to give a testimony after an evangelistic meeting held by D.L. Moody. As he was speaking, it became evident that the man was not very fa- miliar with the Bible or Christian doctrine, but the last phrase of his testimony spoke volumes to those listening: “I’m not quite sure. But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”

Trusting God means believing in Him, no matter what the circumstances. For example, think back to Abraham. God asked him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. On the way up the mountain Isaac asked his father about why they hadn’t brought a sacrificial lamb. Abraham’s response was that God would provide. All the evidence would point to Abraham’s having to use his own son as a sacrifice. Yet, Abraham trusted God. He showed his trust by obeying what God told him to do, even though his feelings were telling him to do the opposite. Often, we say we trust God, but we refuse to do what He says because we are afraid or we don’t understand why. Our trust is evident by our obedience. Abraham’s actions proved his complete trust in Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide.

When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


Review: Last week we learned about the prophet Zephaniah. He told Judah that God was going to destroy them because they were sinning against Him. They were worshipping false gods in direct opposition to what God had commanded them to do. Zephaniah told them to repent and turn back to God. Zephaniah also talked about The Day of the Lord which was to come.

What words of encouragement does Zephaniah give to Judah about their future restoration? God is with them; God delights in them; they will have His love.


Scripture Reading
:  Habakkuk 1–3


TALK

Habakkuk the prophet is different than the other prophets in that he does not record a message he carried to either Israel or Judah. This book, instead, contains a conversation between the prophet and God.

  1. Chapters 1 and 2 contain a conversation between the prophet Habakkuk and God. What was Habakkuk’s first question of God? Why is the evil of Judah going unpunished?
  2. How did God respond to Habakkuk’s first complaint? God said that He was going to send Babylon to destroy Judah because of Judah’s sin.
  3. What was Habakkuk’s second question? How can God use a country like Babylon to carry out Judah’s punish- ment? Babylon was even more wicked than Judah.
  4. What was God’s response to Habakkuk’s second complaint? God said that Babylon was also going to be punished.
  5. In chapter 3 the tone changes. Habakkuk’s response is different. Reread verses 17–19. What was Habakkuk’s final conclusion? Habakkuk has learned to trust in God no matter the circumstances. He makes the proclamation that God is sovereign, and that he will be joyful in the lord.
  6. Have you ever questioned God because something did not go your way even though you asked God to make it so? You will notice that God was not angry with Habakkuk for his questions. A well-known example of one who questioned God was Job. He did not understand why God was allowing him to suffer. God did not get angry with Job. He knew Job was suffering and understood his emotions. It’s important to remember, though, that Job did not continue to go on complaining and feeling sorry for himself. He sought God, and in time was comforted by Him.

Do not question God because you think that He is wrong. Instead, ask God to help increase your faith to trust Him no matter what the circumstances, even when things don’t go your way.


 

PRAY

Adoration: “Because of the lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (lamentations 3:22–23). Offer a prayer of praise to God because of who He is; He is unable to be unfaithful.

Confession: “trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6). Confess to God that sometimes you do not trust Him and want to do things your way.

Thanksgiving: “Because of the lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (lamentations 3:22–23). Thank God for His love and compassion.

Supplication: “i do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Ask God to help you to know Him better and trust Him more.


DO

Supplies: 3 clear containers (2 smaller, 1 larger); water; oil; food coloring; tape, Sharpie marker (The size of the containers and the amount of liquids does not matter.)

Fill one of the smaller containers with water and the other smaller container with oil.
On each container, place a strip of tape long enough to write a word on.
Show the kids the oil container and tell them it represents worry. Write the word “worry” on the tape label.

Explain that worry means to be afraid or concerned because you do not know what is going to happen. Show the kids the water container and tell them that it represents trusting God. Write “trust” on the water container label. Explain that you are dropping some food coloring into the water so they can see it better.

Discuss the fact that trusting God means we remember He is in control and knows everything. We do not need to be afraid, because God is always taking care of us.

Does God want us to worry or to trust Him? Can we worry and trust God at the same time? Let’s see what our “worry” and “trust” containers tell us. Do worry and trust mix? Can they both be happening at the same time?

Pour some of the water and some of the oil into the third container. The items will seem to mix at the beginning, but they will soon separate, with the “worry” floating to the top. Hold up the container for the kids to see. Accord- ing to our container, worry and trust can’t mix together and be happening at the same time. Our hearts cannot be fully trusting God if we are worrying.

God wants us to trust in Him whenever we are tempted to worry, because He cares for us. He is in control and knows about everything that has happened in the past, what is happening now in the present, and everything that will happen in the future. God is more than worthy of our full trust.

Lesson: May 31st