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LEMONS Week 2 - When Life Gives You the Unexpected...

Habakkuk 1:12-2:4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12 

O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—

    surely you do not plan to wipe us out?

O Lord, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us,

    to punish us for our many sins.

13 

But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.

    Will you wink at their treachery?

Should you be silent while the wicked

    swallow up people more righteous than they?

14 

Are we only fish to be caught and killed?

    Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?

15 

Must we be strung up on their hooks

    and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?

16 

Then they will worship their nets

    and burn incense in front of them.

“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!”

    they will claim.

17 

Will you let them get away with this forever?

    Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

I will climb up to my watchtower

    and stand at my guardpost.

There I will wait to see what the Lord says

    and how he[a] will answer my complaint.

The Lord’s Second Reply

Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,

    so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

This vision is for a future time.

    It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.

If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,

    for it will surely take place.

    It will not be delayed.

“Look at the proud!

    They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.

    But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

Habakkuk’s Complaint: God, this isn't _________________!

Habakkuk 1:12-13 “O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—surely you do not plan to wipe us out? O Lord, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us, to punish us for our many sins. 13 But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil. Will you wink at their treachery? Should you be silent while the wicked swallow up people more righteous than they?”


  • Take time to ____________________ for God’s answers

Habakkuk 2:1 - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.

  • Give God room to _____________________ your mind

Romans 12:2 - 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

God’s Answer: My plans are ________________________

Habakkuk 2:3 This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Habakkuk 2:4 Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.


  • Our natural response is to _________________ ourselves
  • The right response is to _______________ in God