When the Life of Faith Meets the Life of Pain

Habakkuk 3:17-19 HCSB

17   Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,

18   yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

19   Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! (For the choir director: on stringed instruments.)

Matthew 2:2 HCSB – saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

Habakkuk 1:6-11 HCSB6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth’s open spaces to seize territories not its own. 7 They are fierce and terrifying; their views of justice and sovereignty stem from themselves. 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fierce than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead; their horsemen come from distant ?lands?. They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour. 9 All of them come to do violence; their faces are set in determination. They gather prisoners like sand. 10 They mock kings, and rulers are a joke to them. They laugh at every fortress and build siege ramps to capture it. 11 Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty; their strength is their god.

Habakkuk 1:1-2 HCSB1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help and You do not listen or cry out to You about violence and You do not save?

Habakkuk 1:12 HCSB – Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, You will not die. Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment; ?my? Rock, You destined them to punish ?us?.

Habakkuk 3:1 HCSB – A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. According to Shigionoth.

Christians don’t live by explanations; Christians live by faith.

Habakkuk 2:4 HCSB – Look, his ego is inflated; he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith.

Romans 1:17 HCSB – For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

God can be trusted even when God cannot be understood.

1 Peter 2:21 HCSB – For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.

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