What do you want to be known for? A Habakkuk Bible Study By Dannah Gresh
Isn’t it interesting what’s revealed when our world is in chaos, going through extreme circumstances? Somethings not so good, but there’s other blessings that come out of hardships one would never expect. I’ve been studying the book of Habakkuk, what a perfect book for these unprecedented times. It’s a book about uncertainty, feeling forgotten, wondering if God is ever going to intervene. Sounds a lot like what we’re all going through right now.
The meaning of Habakkuk means to ‘embrace,’ or to ‘wrestle.’ Seems appropriate in the times we are in. We can either embrace our situations and make the best of them or wrestle with them and suffer. In the beginning of the book, Habakkuk cries out to God and asks,
“O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?” “Or cry to you, “Violence!” And you will not save?” “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?” “So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.” Habakkuk 1:1-2, 4.
In other words, ‘God where are you?’ ‘There’s a lot of messed up stuff happening right now, why are you allowing it?’
Sometimes waiting for God’s response when he seems silent can be excruciating, and an arduous process. We can question, why isn’t God DOING something about all the violence, suffering, and injustice? But here is some truth while we wait for those answers. God is an eternal, faithful, mighty, holy God who is good all the time (Habakkuk 1:12-13). No matter what is going on the world we can trust He is coming back and there will be a day where there is no more pain, suffering, or death (Revelations 21:4).
Something from the study CONVICTED me. Dannah Gresh talks about the book of Daniel and how he chooses to be resolved in front of king Nebuchadnezzar and not partake in their feasts. Resolved means to settle or find solution to the problem. One of the reasons why is because their feasts partook in idol worship in which Daniel would only worship his one true King, God. King Nebuchadnezzar’s tantalizing tactics to seduce Daniel into a life of worshipping luxury failed. Was it because Daniel was more faithful than the rest of us? I mean who wouldn’t want to indulge in some steak and wine nightly and engorge themselves? But Daniel referred back to what had kept him grounded, God’s TRUTH.What we're known for and what we WANT to be KNOWN for can be two different things. #known #LovedClick To Tweet
What Are You Known For?
Have you ever heard of the 10,000 hour rule? A book written by Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers addresses what sets people a part from being average to excelling at something. The short answer is being disciplined. They become experts by spending more than twenty hours a week learning their craft. We are what we invest ourselves in. What activities do you invest your time in? I admit during quarantine there was a lot of Netflix binge watching, baking, and maybe even the mindless scroll through social media, because there wasn’t the other daily activities of life to keep me busy.
Here’s the shocking reality of what on average other American’s invested their time in: Scrolling through social media per week (21 hours), shopping on-line (20 hours), watching Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (20 hours), Eating, food prep, thinking about eating (15 hours).Click To Tweet
This kind of makes me feel like a sloth!
I’m also guilty of not being intentional during this time. The shutdown highlighted areas of my life where I lacked discipline. It was important as ever to stay in a workout routine even though the gyms were shut down, to keep eating healthy even though restaurants were closed, to stay in God’s Word (have no excuse for this one). It was easy to get out of the routine when one wasn’t established. I had all of these high hopes of things I would accomplish with my family. Some got done others did not.
Wherever you live right now we don’t have to stop gathering together just because things shut down. We can still gather just in a different way. I am excited to do this Bible study with other women in my neighborhood some of us through zoom and some are in person, but we are still studying God’s Word TOGETHER! It’s so important to still gather (in the safest way possible), stay connected in God’s Word, and BUILD RELATIONSHIPS! We don’t have to stop growing just because things shut down.
I don’t want to be known for my bad habits or things I regret from my past, or how many hours of Netflix I watched. Does it really matter how many miles I run, or how many sit ups I do? None of that makes me valuable or worthy. I want God’s love to be known in me and to others so they know GOD LOVES THEM. I FEEL like I’m failing at that right now, I could do BETTER.
Spending time in Scripture allows me to hear God’s voice for what He wants me to prioritize and how to be intentional right now. In my prayer time I’m asking God, ‘how can I love others well right now?’ ‘What do you want to be focused on?’ ‘How can I serve you when things look so different?’
What do you want to be known for? What are you known for?
Are you struggling with being disciplined in any area of your life right now?
One of the ways I can do better is to be apart of the healing of our nation/world by educating myself about the wounds of racial diversity and unity. I’m reading the book “Be the Bridge” by Latasha Morrison. How can I say I want to do better if my life doesn’t reflect that? I can say the words all I want, but if my actions don’t support it, then I am just a hypocrite. The only way to have unity in diversity is to LISTEN, show empathy and compassion, get to know others who aren’t in my circle of comfort and LEARN from them. If your desire is to do better consider reading Be the Bridge, or start studying God’s Word and make it apart of your healthy habits.
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