We’re covering some important ground right now in our study through the book of Habakkuk. We’ve entitled it “Not By Sight,” because as he so rightly says, “The just shall live by his faith.”
The idea behind the book is that Habakkuk, who some say was a professional prophet and possibly worship leader in the temple, struggled with some huge questions… Is God listening when I pray? Does God care? Is He ever going to intervene? He takes these concerns to God (rightfully so), and receives an unwanted explanation (in short, it’s going to get much worse before it gets better).
When the future is unknown and what you’re seeing doesn’t make sense, you have two options: 1) Worry, or 2) Worship. We all know that we should choose to worship over worrying, but how exactly do we make that happen? These may help…
1. Watch where you go with your concerns.
Take them to God first – it’s Biblical. Often times, our first tendency is to take our cares and concerns first to people who can’t really change the outcome (that includes shouldering the weight yourself). That is the opposite of worship. Allowing others to bear your burden is Biblical (see Galatians 6:2), but don’t expect others to carry the weight that only God can carry. Take your questions and concerns to God first. He can handle them.
2. Make prayer a habit.
Habits get a bad rap sometimes. Although you didn’t want to get in a rut with your prayers, getting in the habit of praying is good. After all, Paul said to discipline yourself for godliness (1 Timothy 4:7-8). Discipline requires work, sweat, and a routine. When life stresses you out, get in the habit of praying about it – no matter how big or small it may seem.
3. Memorize Scripture.
Psalm 119:11 says that the secret to honoring God is hiding His Word in your heart. There it is. The secret is out. If you want to honor God, even in the most stressful times, memorize some Scripture.
Along the topic of worry, here are some verses to start memorizing: Philippians 4:6-7 | Matthew 6:34 | Matthew 11:28-30 | 1 Peter 5:7
4. Remember Who is really in control.
Worrying is an insult to the sovereignty of God. At its core, worrying is acting like God doesn’t really have it under control. “It’s cool, God. You’re probably busy running the universe and all. I’ll take this one by myself.” That’s what you’re telling God when you’re stressed and losing sleep over something you should be handing over to Him. Jesus isn’t nervously pacing around in heaven. He’s seated on the throne at the right hand of the Father.
5. Choosing to worship is an ongoing process.
It’s one-time a decision you make, but it’s also a decision you must fight to constantly keep making. It won’t come easy, and you’ll get weak at times. Don’t give up. Keep choosing to honor God by worshiping through the most stressful situations.
And remember, the Bible doesn’t command us to be superhuman. Jesus cried; Job wavered; Habakkuk questioned; Peter…well, he did a lot of things. But they all moved forward in obedience and submission, even when what they saw didn’t seem to measure up.
Watch or listen to our study through Habakkuk here.