Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Lean into God during The Dip
Unfair week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 18, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was something that he just couldn’t wrap his head around. What God was telling him was that the people were going to be punished for their disobedience. He was looking around at life and just didn’t feel like God was doing what He should be doing, He wasn’t being fair. Have you ever felt that way toward God? Have you ever looked around at all the things that are happening in your own life and in our world today and started to question how fair God is being? My guess is some of these questions and thoughts are ones that you’ve had somewhere along the line in your story and experiences. Habakkuk 1:2-4 If you fast-forward from this Old Testament book to today, people ask these same questions all the time, “God, why is it that the evil people, they seem to prosper, but the good people, all these bad things happen to them? Why is it that I work hard at work and I’m honest, and then the jerk over there that’s being dishonest and manipulative gets promoted? Because it sure seems like in all of these situations that God COULD do something, and that God SHOULD do something…but often He doesn’t. Why? Why doesn’t God seem fair?” Habakkuk had the same kinds of questions. And Habakkuk loved God dearly. Unfortunately, many of us grew up in environments that said it wasn’t ok to question God. So when we get to those seasons of doubt, we have important decisions to make… because what do we do when what we see isn’t consistent with what we believe? We follow the example of Habakkuk who took his honest questions to God. The Dip: Perseverance James 1:2-4 Habakkuk 2:1 Now he’s doing something that so many of us are terrible at doing… he’s waiting on God. Getting Beyond the Dip 1. Stop and Listen 2. Write and Remember 3. Wait and Trust Habakkuk 2:2-3 When we find ourselves in the waiting period in The Dip we need to draw strength from the first two steps of getting through The Dip… take our questions, take our doubts to God and then be intentional about stopping and listening for His response, and then we need to write and remember so that we are reminded on a regular basis of all the times that God has come through in our lives and how faithful He is and how much we can rely on Him to fulfill His promises in our lives, even if it’s not in the timing we desire. 2 Corinthians 5:7 For those of us who have made a decision for Jesus, we will live by faith. You live by faith. You don’t walk by what you SEE; but instead, you live by faith in what you KNOW to be true about God.