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Resources from July 2023

Resources from July 2023

Rejoicing in Troubling times

Habakkuk 3:16-19 16 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.17 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,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,    I will be joyful in God my…

The Splendor of the Lord

Habakkuk 3:1-15 1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth. 2 Lord, I have heard of your fame;    I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.Repeat them in our day,    in our time make them known;    in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman,    the Holy One from Mount Paran.His glory covered the heavens    and his praise filled the earth.4 His splendor was like the sunrise;    rays flashed from his hand,    where his power was hidden.5 Plague went before him;    pestilence followed his steps.6 He stood, and shook the earth;    he looked, and made the nations tremble.The ancient mountains crumbled    and the…

God’s Evaluation of Evil

Habakkuk 2:6-20 6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, “‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods    and makes himself wealthy by extortion!    How long must this go on?’7 Will not your creditors suddenly arise?    Will they not wake up and make you tremble?    Then you will become their prey.8 Because you have plundered many nations,    the peoples who are left will plunder you.For you have shed human blood;    you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. 9 “Woe to him who builds his…

Learning to Live by Faith

Habakkuk 2:1-5 2:1 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. 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation    and make it plain on tablets    so that a herald may run with it.3 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. 4 “See, the enemy is puffed up;    his desires are not upright—    but…

Questioning God

Habakkuk 1:5-17 5 “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.6 I am raising up the Babylonians,    that ruthless and impetuous people,who sweep across the whole earth    to seize dwellings not their own.7 They are a feared and dreaded people;    they are a law to themselves    and promote their own honor.8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,    fiercer than wolves at dusk.Their cavalry gallops headlong;    their horsemen come from afar.They fly like an eagle…