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Await God's Timing      Habakkuk 1:2-3, -5-6, 13; 2:2-4; 3:16-19,      June 24, 2007

Introduction 
    Today I visited the hospital where my sister is facing death. She had a severe stroke 14 years ago, and has been confined to a wheelchair for several years. Her husband, my brother-in-law, has been a superior care giver during these years. Now my sister lingers at death's door. She said many times, "I am tired of this!. I could ask with Habakkuk,"how long Lord," but as I do I recognize anew He is Lord, and we must Await God's Timing.


1.    Await God's Timing Trusting His . . Wisdom.1:2-3, 5-6       
    A.    Trusting His Wisdom In Spite Of . . Interrogating People. 1:2-3            
            
2 How long, Lord, must I call for help and You do not listen, or cry out to You about violence and You do not save? 3 Why do You force me to look at injustice? Why do You tolerate wrongdoing? Oppression and violence are right in front of me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.

    B.    Trusting His Wisdom In Spite Of . . Impetuous Nations. 1:5-6
             
5 Look at the nations and observe be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.
6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth's open spaces to seize territories not its own.
    
        God's wisdom must be wiser than mans'. His wisdom prevails in spite of peoples interrogation; or the impetuousness of the nations. Habakkuk boldly questioned God, and we might even say his arrogance showed. How do we establish a line between asking God respectfully, and arrogantly? I think submission to His Lordship must be a key ingredient if we question God's actions, or seemingly, lack of them. Some nations demonstrated impetuous behavior in disrespect of God, and In His timing He made them look foolish. Let us learn for such mistakes.

2.     Await God's Timing Trusting His . . Ways. 1:13; 2:2-4  A. 

    A.    Trusting His Ways In Spite Of Our . . Doubts. 1:13
               13 (Your) e
yes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are
You silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself.

     B.    Trusting His Ways In Light Of His . . Directions. 2:2-4         
           
2 The Lord answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it. 3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late. 4 Look, his ego is inflated; he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith.

    We may trust God's ways in spite of doubts because we trust His Word. Habakkuk expressed his doubts to God for tolerating many sinful ways. We express our ignorance when we try to tell God about His character, and how He must act. The scriptures tells us His ways are above our ways, and His thoughts above our thoughts. God answered Habakkuk specifically by giving Him a directed message to write down for him, and all of us in future generations. Note the words, "appointed time," "delays," and "will not be late." I like the song that says, "He may not be there when you want Him but He will be there right on time." If we look back over our lives we will see how many times God worked in His timing and not ours.


3.     Await God's Timing Trusting His . . Watchfulness. 3:16-19

     A.    Trusting His Watchfulness In . . Commercial Endeavors. 3:16
            16 You have
made your merchants more numerous than the stars of the sky. The young locust strips [the land] and flies away.

    B.    Trusting His Watchfulness In . . Court Cases. 3:17  
            17 Your court
officials are like the swarming locust, and your scribes like clouds of locusts, which settle on the walls on a cold day; when the sun rises, they
take off, and no one knows where they are.

     C.    Trusting His Watchfulness In The . . Conduct Kings, Officers and Shepherds. 3:18-19
            18
King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your officers sleep. Your people are scattered across the mountains with no one to gather [them] together.
19 There is no remedy for your injury; your wound is severe

    We must trust God's watchfulness. He knows what is going on in our world. Commercial endeavors, court cases, and the conduct of Kings, officers, and shepherds do not escape His notice. Does the picture painted in these observations make you think of today? As a minister I am surprised, and appalled at the number of people who can make there way to Wal-Mart on Sunday Morning who can never make it to church. Court cases get delay after delay as legal professionals use the system for their desires rather than what the court was set up for. I know some very fine men who are in the legal profession, but some give the rest a bad name, and the creation of lawyer jokes. Other professions do not escape God's notice or promised judgment. God says there is no remedy for these people and His judgment is coming, we must Await God's Timing. Amen? Amen!