December 22: Waiting

Read Habakkuk 1:1-5, 2:1-3, 3:16-19

“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” Hab 2:1

Christmas is coming! The gifts are bought, cards addressed and sent, decorations up, cookies baked. We are ready. Now the waiting begins. We wait …and wait …and wait. The days between December 1st and the 24th seem to last FOREVER! Then, when Christmas Eve arrives….time stands still! Will Christmas EVER come? Will you get what you wanted or will you receive socks and underwear?

That is kind of what Habakkuk is going through. He is seeing all the corruptness around him and is pleading with God as to when will He finally intervene on behalf of his people. He is waiting for God to wipe out his enemies. But God’s answer is like the sock and underwear present. It isn’t what Habakkuk wanted. God will do His will by raising up the ENEMY, of all people!

God makes it clear, however, that eventually the corrupt destroyer will itself be destroyed. Habakkuk will need to wait and see what happens. Habakkuk finally decides to make his wait time a time of rejoicing in the Lord. (See verses 3:17-18)

Today it seems that corruption is all around us. People cheat on taxes or steal from their employers, kids get bullied, and politicians lie. Sometimes we want to go to God and say like Habakkuk, “What’s going on? Where are you?”

Yet God’s answer is, “Be patient. I know what you are going through. I am still in control. Trust me! WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!”

Questions and Activities:

  1. Have you ever had a time when you prayed for something and you didn’t get it? Did God supply something even better?
  2. How do you feel when some people you know who aren’t very nice seem to get all the breaks? What if someone who is mean to you gets a promotion? How do you respond?
  3. Cut out, color, and display today’s ornament.

PMA

About sbk

I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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