Rev. Mat Grover
Advent Sermon Series: Prepare the Way
Today we end our Advent sermon series called Prepare the Way, where we have been looking at Jesus through the Old Testament Prophets. Today we are going to look at Habakkuk. Unlike other Prophets, Habakkuk is not prophesying to a people, but what we read is his conversation and wrestling with the will of God.
Habakkuk is known primarily for one phrase, “the just shall live by faith” (2:4)
which is quoted by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:17 and becomes foundational for his theology of Justification.
The book ends with Habakkuk’s prayer focusing on God’s faithfulness.
Despite everything that Habakkuk was witnessing, he realized that God was still present and ever faithful.
As the Author Phillip Yancey says in his book Disappointment with God, “Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse”
As we put away the Christmas decorations, our pause during Advent becomes a distant memory, life gets real again, and we ask “where are you God?” we have no need to fear. For yet still, there we have Jesus lying in the manger, the hope of the world, proof that God is faithful.
HOMEWORK FOR THE NEW YEAR!
Remember that God is faithful.
In the midst of life, sometimes we can forget that God is always there.
Take time and remember the faithfulness of God in your life.