This Sunday, 10/18 we start our new sermon series on the Biblical book of Habakkuk.  We will be reading, discussing and learning from Habakkuk 1:1-11.  Here is the text:

The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,[a]
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
    to seize dwellings not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
    they are a law to themselves
    and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
    their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
    they all come intent on violence.
Their hordes[b] advance like a desert wind
    and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings
    and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
    by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
    guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

As we did with the book of James, I encourage you to read this passage every day, several times a day.  Think about it, wrestle with it, and ask yourself these questions:  What does this passage mean for and to me?  What does this passage mean for and to the church?  How and what is God speaking to you through this passage?  What are your questions about this passage?  What resonates with your soul?  Have you ever ask the questions that Habakkuk is asking?  If so, what answer or answers did you get?  How does this passage inform us, or challenge us, in our modern day world?

What do you think about this passage?  I would love to hear/read your thoughts, comments, questions, answers, or anything else…so post away.