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Sermon Outline

1. Strong faith doesn’t remove the possibility of complaint; it often increases it!

2. Righteous frustration can lead to unrighteous forgetfulness.

3. Prolonged evil doesn’t signal God’s absence; it signals the absence of repentance.

4. Most complaints against God originate in some critical omission.

5. God’s delays are often an expression of His mercy.

6. God’s most powerful response to evil is His Word!  (Hebrews 4:12,Luke 16:31)

7. God’s answer to our complaint may in fact increase our complaint.

8. Judgment and grace aren’t contradictory; they complement one another.

9. God’s grace judges sin, and God’s judgment points us to His grace.   
10. When facing stubborn resistance, God’s stubborn love sometimes has to act in ways that appear unloving.

11. We all struggle to understand God’s ways and God’s heart.  But God isn’t put-off by our complaints.

12. When we can’t understand God’s hand we can trust His heart.

A Final Word:

Habakkuk’s complaint that a holy God would never use evil to judge evil was ultimately answered at the cross!  There the evils of corrupt empire and corrupted religion joined to execute God Himself!  He voluntarily went through an experience far worse than the one that awaited rebellious Judah.  And He did it entirely for us!  What seemed like the defeat of His plan was in fact the centerpiece of saving His people.



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