Application of Habakkuk
1) What do you learn about God-His ways, His Word, His character? If He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, how would such insight into God influence your relationship to Him and to His Word? How would this affect your response to your circumstances?
2) What have you learned about the haughty or proud? God says in James 4 that He resists the proud. Can you understand why? Can you see any element of pride or haughtiness in your life that you need to deal with?
3) Review what you learned about the woes pronounced by God. Ask God to search your heart. Would these woes be applicable to you because of your lifestyle? Do you need to confess anything to God and receive His forgiveness and cleansing (see 1 John 1:9)?
4) As you look at how Habakkuk begins and ends, think about what effected the difference in Habakkuk and then apply it to your own life. Are you questioning or doubting God and His ways, and is it causing despair? What do you need to do?
Habakkuk Themes of Application
Habakkuk asked God why the wicked in Judah were not being punished for their sin. He couldn’t understand why a just God would allow such evil to exist. God promised to use the Babylonians to punish Judah. When Habakkuk cried out for answers in his time of struggle, God answered him with words of hope.
God wants us to come to him with our struggles and doubts. His answers may not be what we expect, however. God sustain us by revealing himself to us. Trusting him leads to quiet hope, not bitter resignation.
Habakkuk asked God why he would use the wicked Babylonians to punish his people. God said that he would also punish the Babylonians after they had fulfilled his purpose.
God is still in control of this world in spite of the apparent triumph of evil, God doesn’t overlook sin. One day he will rule the whole earth with perfect justice.
God is the Creator; he is all-powerful. He has a plan, and he will carry it out. He will punish sin. He is our strength and our place of safety. We can have confidence that he will love us and guard our relationship with him forever.
Hope means going beyond our unpleasant daily experiences to the joy of knowing God. We live by trusting in him, not by the benefits, happiness, or success we may experience in this life. Our hope comes from God.