Faith That is Tested, Part Two
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Faith That is Tested, Part Two

Habakkuk 1:5-2:1  (ID: 1008)

Even those who walk with Christ are not immune to trials. An unexpected storm enters our life and we can only wonder “what is God’s purpose for this?” We call out to God but we feel like he is disinterested in us, and like Habakkuk we shout out “how long must I cry out for help O Lord?” But God is faithful, and when we bring our burdens to the Cross we learn God’s purpose and why things can get worse before they get better.

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The Lord's Answer

5“Look among the nations, and see;

wonder and be astounded.

For I am doing a work in your days

that you would not believe if told.

6For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,

that bitter and hasty nation,

who march through the breadth of the earth,

to seize dwellings not their own.

7They are dreaded and fearsome;

their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.

8Their horses are swifter than leopards,

more fierce than the evening wolves;

their horsemen press proudly on.

Their horsemen come from afar;

they fly like an eagle swift to devour.

9They all come for violence,

all their faces forward.

They gather captives like sand.

10At kings they scoff,

and at rulers they laugh.

They laugh at every fortress,

for they pile up earth and take it.

11Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,

guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

Habakkuk's Second Complaint

12Are you not from everlasting,

O Lord my God, my Holy One?

We shall not die.

O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment,

and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.

13You who are of purer eyes than to see evil

and cannot look at wrong,

why do you idly look at traitors

and remain silent when the wicked swallows up

the man more righteous than he?

14You make mankind like the fish of the sea,

like crawling things that have no ruler.

15He1 brings all of them up with a hook;

he drags them out with his net;

he gathers them in his dragnet;

so he rejoices and is glad.

16Therefore he sacrifices to his net

and makes offerings to his dragnet;

for by them he lives in luxury,2

and his food is rich.

17Is he then to keep on emptying his net

and mercilessly killing nations forever?

1I will take my stand at my watchpost

and station myself on the tower,

and look out to see what he will say to me,

and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

1I will take my stand at my watchpost

and station myself on the tower,

and look out to see what he will say to me,

and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.