Embrace and wrestle with God in the dips of life.
“If it’s not God’s timing, you can’t force it. If it is God’s timing, you cannot stop it.” – Craig Groeschel
· Name a sitcom or two you enjoy watching. What is it about the show you love most?
· What are ways we expect fairness in the world?
· How do people normally respond when we see something that is unfair?
· Why is praising God important during our darkest times?
· How do you know if you’re wondering, waiting or in a reset?
· What do non-believers see when Christ followers praise God during their own dips in life?
· When was a time you experienced something unfair, and still rejoiced in the Lord?
· Have you ever been mad at God? How did you feel about it when you realized you were mad at Him?
· During your dips in life, in what ways do you praise God during the tough times?
Dear Jesus, thank You for loving us, even through life’s roller coaster of the ups and downs. While we may not understand why bad things happen to good people or why we endure hardship, we can find joy in Your goodness. We are set apart from the rest of the world to be a shining beacon of light for Your glory! That is a great honor, and we are humbled to be a part of it. Thank you, Lord, for the life you have given us. We praise God in Your holy and precious name. Amen.
· Write out a list of what you admire about God. Pray over that list as praise during your darkest moments in life.
· If you are experiencing a dip in life right now, commit to attending church for six weeks straight. Do not let the enemy talk you out of coming to church. Do not let the enemy talk you out of plugging in with your LifeGroup.
· Discuss what worship would look like if our entire church worshipped according to shigionoth (Strong emotion—Impassioned exuberance—High spirited praise. With the same full-body singing we experience at concerts or when listening to our favorite songs – putting all that we are into worshipping God through song).
“How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” Habakkuk 1:2-3
Habakkuk means “to embrace” and “to wrestle.”
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5
“I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people… they all come intent on violence.” Habakkuk 1:6-7, 9
“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?” Habakkuk 1:12-13
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3
“A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.” Habakkuk 3:1
“I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes 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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:16-18