May 31, 2015 Speaker: Cameron Barham Series: Habakkuk: Living at the Intersection of Doubt & Faith
Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17–3:19
Key Truth: We are to find our true contentment in our salvation and our strength in the Lord who make us more than conquerors.
Q: What circumstances normally result in you praising the Lord? How do you respond in times of doubt and suffering?
“A CHRISTIAN will be distinguished from others, whatever be his situation in life; but the more trying and afflictive his condition be, the more will he cause his light to shine before men, and demonstrate the excellence of the principles he has embraced. The prophet’s resolution, in the prospect of the Babylonish invasion and of the calamities consequent upon it, affords a just picture of every child of God: for though all do not possess the same attainments, all determine through grace to make God the exclusive object of their joy and triumph.”
Charles Simeon, Horae Homileticae: Hosea to Malachi
True Contentment in God Alone:
“It is right and proper to voice appreciation of God’s goodness when he bestows all that is necessary for life, health, and prosperity. But when these things are lacking, to rejoice in God for his own sake is evidence of pure faith. The vision of God has had its effect on the prophet, and now, with no visible means of support, he receives strength from the God in whom he trusts.”
F.F. Bruce, “Habakkuk” in The Minor Prophets, ed. by Thomas Edward McComiskey
Q: What is required in order for you to be content?
Victorious in God Alone:
“The transition from the complaining prophet to the rejoicing prophet surely must be seen as a work of God’s sovereign grace. Nothing else could explain how a person could be happy and contented in face of the calamities Habakkuk had to undergo. May the Lord himself continue to provide the grace of life to people of this generation by the faith that justifies.”
O. Palmer Robertson., The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
Q: What serves as your source of strength? Are you living in light of the victory of Christ?
Habakkuk’s psalm in 3:17-19 in the midst of pending judgment teaches us that:
- we should derive our contentment and joy from the salvation of the Lord
- God should be the primary source for our strength in a fallen world
- we are more than conquerors as children of God
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”