Hushed Expectancy: Learning to Trust the Sovereignty of God
Habakkuk 1:12 – 2:20
“Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?….”
I hate movies that leave the story unresolved, especially when the outcome is unsatisfactory or unpleasing. The tension, stress and frustration of unresolved-ness eats me alive. In this week’s reading we find the prophet in a unresolved place. He gets an answer from the Lord, but in no way does this resolve the issue or tension at hand, in fact it would appear to make it worse. In life what we do during the seasons of unresolved tension is what shapes us most in faith in trust. We can run from theses times, medicate, blame and ignore. Or, we can learn how to live in the tension. This week’s sermon and text give us great insight on how to live in the midst of unresolved tension in our life. Darius invited us into a time of waiting, when things are unresolved or unsatisfactory, to silence, surrender and faithfulness. In this time, God will deepen our trust and faith in his character and sovereignty. Read through the text as a group and write down a few things that stand out to you.
1) Starting in chapter two verse one, Habakkuk makes a declaration that he will stand watch, and station himself in the place of watching. What might this look like in our lives? How can we stand watch, and keep a hopeful anticipation when things are unresolved?
2) Describe a time currently or in the past were you were in the waiting. What came out of this season, positive or negative, for you?
3) Eugene Peterson described the journey of faith as “long obedience in the same direction”. God says the righteous will live by faithfulness. What undermines and challenges faithfulness in your life?
4) Darius said that the Hebrew word for silence in verse 20 is “hush”. When things are
unresolved, God invites us to silence, to allow our frantic soul to be hushed by our heavenly Father.Take ten minutes in your group time and allow the Father’s hush to come over you. Share what you experienced during this time.