11.18.2010

Reminder :: Habakkuk 1:5

I found our verse of the week from Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Habakkuk Study.

In the lesson she's talking about situations we're in where we might ask...

“God, aren’t You listening to me?”

Here's an excerpt:

Sometimes we think that because God has not done what we wanted Him to do, what we expected Him to do, that therefore He wasn’t listening to us. Like those little children, we say, “God, aren’t You listening to me?” or, “You aren’t listening to me.” As we’re studying the first part of the book of Habakkuk, we’re seeing that Habakkuk has accused God of not listening to him, not listening to his cry. 

But as we move forward in this passage today, we realize that God has been listening all along. And God responds to the honest and earnest cry of his prophet. God is not silent. The fact that God answers at all—as we’ll see He does in verse 5 of chapter 1—the fact that God answers is evidence that He has been listening to His prophet’s prayers. 

Habakkuk has begun this story, this exchange, by saying, “Lord, how long will I cry out to You about the things that are going on around me? How long will I pray and You won’t do anything? And why are You letting all these things happen? Why is all this strife and violence and contention and destruction going on among Your people? You’re idly looking at it. You’re seeing what goes on, but You don’t do anything about it. You don’t seem to be listening.” 

Finally, in chapter 1, verse 5, God speaks. Let me say, by the way—as we said in earlier days in this series. I hope you’re not just listening to me teach the book of Habakkuk. I hope that you’re opening your own Bible to the book of Habakkuk and that you’re reading it for yourself, making notes, looking for patterns, trying to understand what is God saying. 

You’ll get so much more out of the Scripture if you will dig into it for yourself. The Holy Spirit will show you things and applications in the passage that perhaps I’ve not seen at all.
Now, in verse 5, God finally responds to Habakkuk’s prayer. He says to His servant,
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.
God says, “Look. Look among the nations see.” That verb look and the verb to see—in the Hebrew, those verbs are in the plural. God is not just speaking to Habakkuk here. He’s speaking to all of His people, His collective people, and He is saying, “You all.” As they say here in Arkansas, “Y’all look. Y’all see. Not just Habakkuk, but all of you. Look and see.” 

God is saying to His servants—Habakkuk and His other people—“Broaden your perspective. Look among the nations and see.” God is saying, “Your vision is not big enough. You’ve been too centered in on your own specific circumstances and situation. You need to look among the nations. Your view is too narrow.” 

You see, so often we can only see our little piece of the whole picture. We see our health, our issues, our family, our church, our country, our circumstances; and we get totally engrossed in what is happening to us. You know why? Because we live as if it’s all about me. That’s our perspective. We have this self-centered, myopic perspective on life. It’s all about what’s happening to me. It’s all about how it affects me. 

But God is saying, “Lift your eyes up and see the bigger picture. Don’t be so consumed with your own personal situation.”

To read her entire series, click HERE.
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