Tough times reveal the genuineness of a leader’s commitment. Read Habakkuk 3:17-19.
Habakkuk had expressed frustration and some disillusionment with God’s decision to use the Babylonians to bring judgment on the Jewish people. His commitment to God “seemed” to be hinged to God’s justifying His actions. Something changed between chapter 1 and chapter 3. Habakkuk saw God as his sovereign and Lord and committed everything in his life to serve Him. Habakkuk concludes his book with a ringing declaration of his commitment.
The difference between leaders and followers is perspective. Read Habakkuk 3:1-19.
In chapter 1, Habakkuk had one perspective – he saw evil in Judah perpetrated on the defenseless people by corrupt leaders and a silent God. Following his prayer and interaction with God he had quite a different perspective. By the end of chapter 3 he is able to express total trust in God in every situation. Once his perspective changed he went from a doubting prophet to a leader who spoke truth to the people in Judah, Babylon and to leaders around the world today.
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God-honoring leaders learn to embrace the lesson God teaches during the “waiting” process. Read Habakkuk 2:1-20.
Habakkuk wrote his prophecy in approximately 607 B. C. The Babylonian army captured and destroyed Jerusalem and exiled the residents in 586 B. C. Between the prophecy and the capture of Jerusalem the evil heaped on the people by the leaders in Judah continued unabated. Habakkuk teaches us that leaders must learn to trust God and cherish the waiting time before they get their answers. It was during the years of waiting that God did a work in Habakkuk’s heart. He changed him from a man with questions about God’s character to a faithful leader that could say, “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, yet I will rejoice in the Lord” 3:17-18a.
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There may be times when Christian leaders become confused by what seems to be incompatibility between God’s character and His actions. Read Habakkuk 1:12-13.
Habakkuk’s first complaint to God was that He allowed the wicked leaders of Judah to continue in their lawlessness and perversion of justice. When God informed Habakkuk that His plan to solve the problem was to use the army of Babylon as His weapon of judgment to punish Judah, Habakkuk had an even more strenuous objection. The Babylonians were a wicked, brutal, unjust, pagan people that did not recognize God’s sovereignty and were more evil than the people in Judah. His question was how God could use a more evil people to bring judgment on His people. Habakkuk was confused by an apparent incompatibility between God’s character and His actions.
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Leaders gain more understanding from listening than speaking. Read Habakkuk 1:1-11.
The book of Habakkuk was written in 607 B. C. (approximately 21 years before the fall of Jerusalem). Habakkuk was a contemporary of Jeremiah who also prophesied in Jerusalem, and Ezekiel, the prophet assigned to prophesy in Babylon to the first group of captives taken to Babylon approximately 30 years before the final fall and destruction of Jerusalem.
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