As we begin the Advent season we look forward to God’s redemption, joining our expectations to those of Habakkuk and many other who have longed for the coming Messiah.
Worship this weekend – Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in Chapel
Sunday – Combined worship at 10:00 a.m.
Devotions for the week:
November 30, 2014 “Faith as a Way of Life”
Habakkuk was a prophet who spoke to Jerusalem when it was just about to fall to Babylonian exile. The people had not believed they could be conquered, and yet exile was at their doorstep. Their faith in God wavered, and they questioned where God was.
God responded to Habakkuk’s plea, “How long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?” God’s response promised that those who live by faith can endure great suffering. God suggested faith as a way of life. Faith is stronger than despair. God gives them hope for a new day!
Read: Follow the book of Habakkuk, as the prophet proclaims both judgment and the promise of restoration.
Sunday, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19, Faith as a Way of Life
Monday, Habakkuk 1:5-11, The Prophet’s Complaint
Tuesday, Habakkuk 1:12—2:1, The Prophet’s Complaint
Wednesday, Habakkuk 2:5-14, The Woes of the Wicked
Thursday, Habakkuk 2:15-20, The Woes of the Wicked
Friday, Habakkuk 3:1-7, The Woes of the Wicked
Saturday, Habakkuk 3:8-16, The Woes of the Wicked
- What was God doing here?
- How were the people’s actions punished or rewarded?
- Where do you feel your community is isolated from God? Where do you feel it is close to God?
- When has your faith in God been tested? In what ways have your beliefs changed as you learn and grow?
Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
God our strength, we rejoice in you as we hear your word. Speak faith and patience to us today. Amen.