I’ve been studying Habakkuk for the past couple weeks. I’d read some, listen to Matt Chandler teach on it. Read over it again. Well, today, I finished up. Going to move back over to the New Testament. Not sure what book yet. Prior to that, I decided to put some takeaways down from the book.
Growing up in a very traditional southern baptist church, I never got the expository style of preaching. Let me explain this a little further.
I didn’t GET it, nor did I get it.
First of all, I just didn’t receive teaching in this manner. I was used to brief overviews of a book from time to time, or we might go through a book in “January Bible Study.” Yep, that one time a year that was earmarked to come to church for 5 days during the same week because we were going to go ‘deep’ into a book of the Bible. Most of the time, we received whatever the pastor felt called to preach. Perhaps it was what he was studying at the time. Perhaps it was topical. I don’t know. All I know is that we didn’t go verse by verse and really dig into what the Word was saying.
But second, I didn’t understand the value in it until recently. I guess it was the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever that first exposed what the definition of Expository Preaching to me. I admit, that I initially pushed back. My argument then was that expository style is good for the most part, but that topical preaching would benefit those in the seats more. I’ve changed a lot.
Matt and the Village Church took 11 services, nearly 11 hours to go through a short 3 chapter book. In the past, I would blow through this tiny book on my way to reading through the Bible goals and not allow enough time to pause in it. Selah? What Selah.
Anyway, I relate to Habakkuk. I see what happens in the world and want God to step in and resolve many of the problems that we see. But God is saying in this book that he is in control. He knows so much better than us because he sees tomorrow like it happened yesterday. Often our complaints and worries to God are WAY over our heads. But it is so difficult in our flesh to just accept that. We try to be problem solvers instead of resting in the faith that we have.
Now this does not mean that we should not take our worries and cares to Him. He wants us to come to Him with our bothers, but we don’t need to be dominated by our worries and cares. We need to go to Him for comfort and assurance. However he doesn’t need our powerpoint presentations to the solutions of the problems. He’s got that under control.
It really is a HEAVY book as Matt puts it. The idea that God will use the Chaldeans to conquer Judah is too much for Habakkuk to take. How could a loving God punish His own people? It is because he can see everything that is and will happen as it has already happened.