We all feel the tension between what we see happening around us and what we believe about God. Many times it leaves us asking deep-hearted questions about God’s character. But He doesn’t work as we predict. He isn’t limited to what we think He ought to do. Instead, He is accomplishing a greater plan than we can ever realize and calls us to trust His character even in the chaos of life. - Pastor Dave
Open: Have you ever questioned God because you felt that he was distant or even silent? Explain the situation:
Read: Habakkuk 1; 2 Chronicles 34-36; Psalm 10:1
1. What are the things that make you question God? How do these things affect you personally? Have you ever looked around and questioned whether or not God was just? Should we ever question God in these ways?
2. What were Habakkuk’s questions? How have you asked these same questions? How does knowing that God is able to answer at any moment leave us frustrated? Why does God seem silent sometimes?
3. What is God’s answer to Habakkuk? Why is this answer so unexpected and unwanted? Has God ever used the unexpected in your life? Describe a situation:
4. Do you think it is possible for God to accomplish good without us even realizing it? Do you think God ever does good, wise, and perfect things that are beyond our present circumstance or understanding? Do you ever wonder, stand amazed, and give God glory even when you don’t understand what is happening around you? Do you trust God even when things don’t look favorable? Why or why not?
5. How do our questions reveal our thoughts about God? How can a longing for clarity in a situation become a call to faith?
Pray: Pray that you would recall the character of God in the chaotic moments of life.
Memorize/Meditate: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9