Resources on Habakkuk

Chapter 1

Why must God reject evil?
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 12, 2019

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil

            and cannot look at wrong…

Habakkuk 1:13

Not long ago, I was at a basketball game and I sat down on some wooden bleachers. I felt a pain in my thumb, looked down, and saw I got a little splinter. I tried to get it out, but it wouldn’t budge. I thought it wasn’t that big of a deal because it was so small, I could barely even see it. So I forgot about it.

The next morning, I woke up with a throbbing, red, swollen thumb. That little tiny splinter had caused an infection because it was left in my thumb. So I finally got under some good light and was able to get it out. And soon, my thumb was back to normal.

It’s amazing how the slightest pollutant in the human body can cause a painful reaction. I think that tells us something about God. God is so perfect that the slightest scintilla of sin causes His wrath to react. He can do no other because He is perfect.

If God simply winked at sin and didn’t respond properly, He would be guilty of violating His own holiness and righteousness. But because He’s holy, He must react and reject all forms of unrighteousness. And through a relationship in Jesus Christ, you can be made spotless in His sight. Trust Him to make you clean today!

GOD IS HOLY AND MUST REJECT ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. SO TRUST JESUS TODAY TO MAKE YOU PERFECT IN HIS EYES.

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Chapter 2

The shelter from life's storms
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 12, 2018

When I was a pastor living in Hobart, Oklahoma, the parsonage had a little hiding place… a storm cellar in the backyard. And every now and then the storm siren would go off warning of the possibility of a tornado in the area. When that happened, people would run to their storm cellars to ride out the storm in a secure place.

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The wisdom of waiting
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 9, 2018

There is a key password for connecting with God. The word is patience.  If you and I want to move toward an enduring faith, it begins with patiently waiting on and listening to God. 

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Stop wrestling with God
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 7, 2018

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
 
— Habakkuk 1:2
 
Habakkuk was a prophet of God who lived about 2600 years ago. Now interestingly, his very name means “one who wrestles with God.” And that’s exactly what he’s doing in today’s verse.
 
Habakkuk is angry, argumentative, and anxious. He’s looking at the moral decay of his day, the spiritual decline and injustices, and he wants to know what God is going to do about it. Nothing’s making sense. He’s disillusioned and questioning God’s ways.
 
Now, I’m sure you and I can identify with Habakkuk in some way. Maybe you’re grappling with God and questioning why things happen as they do. Clearly, we live in painful and perplexing times. War and death, suffering and disease, calamity and disaster are part of our daily experiences.
 
And like Habakkuk, there may be times when you call out to heaven and get no answer. But listen, when this happens, you mustn’t let the fog of doubt dampen your faith. 
 
Follow Habakkuk’s lead and push on through the doorway of doubt. As someone once said, “A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.”
 
You will be tested and challenged. It’s a fact of a Christ-follower’s life, but you can choose how to respond to these tests.
 
When doubts arise, don’t wrestle with God, but let your faith be ignited by your trust in almighty God!

A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TESTED IS A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

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