God, How Am I Supposed to Live? (3 of 6) by Steve Wagers

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God, How Am I Supposed to Live? (3 of 6)
Finding Answers to Hard Questions
Steve Wagers
Habakkuk 2: 1-4
March 28.2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Prophet LOOKS to God!
A) The Heavenly Revelation
B) The Human Expectation
2. The Prophet LINGERS with God!
A) The Authority of God's Spoken Word
1) The Season of It
2) The Reason for It
B) The Certainty of God's Specific Word
3. The Prophet LEANS on Go!
A) Rejected Faith
B) Rewarded Faith

I once read about a man that was sitting at home when the doorbell rang. When he answered the door, a 6-foot tall cockroach was there to greet him. The cockroach immediately punched him between the eyes and ran off.

The next evening, the man was sitting at home when the doorbell rang again. He answered the door, only to be greeted again by the same 6-foot tall cockroach. This time the cockroach punched him, kicked him, and karate chopped him before running away.

The third evening, the man was sitting at home when the doorbell rang again. He opened the door, to be greeted again by the same 6-foot tall cockroach. This time it leapt at him, jumped on him, and stabbed him several times.

The gravely injured man managed to crawl to his telephone to call 911. An ambulance arrived and rushed him to the hospital. As he was being treated the doctor began to ask questions, and the patient informed him of his encounter with the cockroach. The doctor thought for a moment and said, "Well, come to think of it, there is a nasty bug going around."

I'm sure that the prophet Habakkuk felt as if he had been the victim of a nasty bug that was going around in his day. However, the nasty bug that had tormented Habakkuk was the bug of doubt, despair and discouragement.

He has doubted the plan of God, he has despaired over the patience of God, and he has become discouraged with the purposes of God. He is watching his society crumble at its very core, only to feel as if God is deaf and dumb to the situation.

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