In the previous newsletter, we studied the first two chapters of the book of Habakkuk: how the prophet cried out to God. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help and you do not listen?” We read about God’s response to Habakkuk’s complaint in that He (God) was doing something, and that it would be something drastic and utterly unbelievable. He would raise up a corrupt and evil nation to come against Judah and defeat them unmercifully.
Habakkuk questions how God could use a nation far more wicked than they to discipline them. God answers Habakkuk’s questions by assuring him that the Babylonians will eventually experience His judgment as well, but it will happen in His own perfect timing,
That brings us to the final chapter of the book of Habakkuk. This is Habakkuk’s prayer of praise to His God for what he knows is going to happen to him and the people of Judah.
- Read the book of Habakkuk in one sitting and then re-read Chapter 3 twice more.
- As you read, write down the three petitions that Habakkuk makes in the 2nd verse.
- What do you think Habakkuk is asking God to do for the people of Judah?
- Compare how many times the writer uses the personal pronouns “I” and “my” to the number of times he refers to “you/your” and “He/His”.
- What does that comparison tell you about how to pray?
- How much of the prayer would you say is devoted to talking about who God is and what He does?
- What does that tell you about how to pray? [Keep in mind that the prophet sometimes refers to God in the 2nd person and sometimes in the 3rd person.]
- Write down some of the phrases that refer to the sovereignty of God.
- Do you have a positive or negative reaction to the idea that God is in control of all things?
- Read Isaiah 45:7. The Hebrew word that is translated as “disaster” in the NIV is also translated “calamity”, “evil”, “bad times” in some other translations.
- How does this make you feel about God?
- Re-read Habakkuk 3:17.
- In your opinion, what is the author describing in v.17—bad times or good times?
- What would you say is the attitude of Habakkuk’s heart as he utters these final words?