Monday, December 5, 2011

Habakkuk 03: Climbing Out Of The Dip Follow Up

Objective: Asking God to replace the hopelessness in our lives with the joy that comes from a relationship with Him.

I have heard all about you, LORD, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. Hab 3:1-2 (NLT)

What kind of relationship do you think Habakkuk had with God? Do you think this gave him hope for the future? Why or why not?

Describe a time when God gave you hope through something amazing He did in the life of another person.

Looking at the physical world around him, Habakkuk said:

His brilliant splendour fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise! What a wonderful God he is!” Hab 3:3 (NLT)

Awe (n.): A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, and wonder inspired by authority, great beauty, or might. 

Describe a time when, like Habakkuk, you were “awed” by God’s creation.

Do you feel like your relationship with God changed through this experience? If so, how?

In the face of an apparently hopeless situation, Habakkuk still had this to say about God:

“...yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.” Hab 3:18-19 (NLT)

Has there been a time in your life when God gave you joy even though your circumstances appeared hopeless?

Habakkuk moved from hopelessness to joy over the 3 chapters of this book. In what areas of your life would you like God to take you from hopelessness to joy?

In your own words, pray the following:   

Thank God for the amazing things you’ve seen Him do and heard about from others
Tell Him about your “awe” of Him
Ask Him bring the joy of your relationship with Him to the places in your life that seem hopeless

For Further Study

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20:

What best helps you worship God? 
How should a person go to the house of God? (5:1) 
How did Solomon encourage us to conduct ourselves in the house of God? (5:2-3) 
Why should we stand in awe of God? (5:7) 
Why is it important to approach God with the right attitude? What does it mean to stand in awe of God?

1 Chronicles 16:7-43:

When was the last time you felt overwhelmed with thankfulness or gratitude? 
According to David, why should we give thanks to the Lord? (16:8) 
What should people tell others about God? (16:9) 
What attitude should a person have toward God? (16:10-12) 
What had God done for Israel? (16:15-22) 
How did David express his thanks to God? 
How should we express our thanks and appreciation to God? 
For what specific reasons should we praise the Lord? 
How can praising the Lord change our attitude and outlook on life? 
What are some of the reasons you have to be thankful to God?


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