October 5, 2014
Habakkuk 2:1-5; 3:17-19
Unifying Principle (Focus)
Some people experience so many difficulties in life that they lose all hope for the future. Where can they turn for direction when things get really bad? Job, the psalmist, and Habakkuk all affirm that no matter what calamities might come their way, they will trust God, rejoice in God’s presence in their lives, and praise God for strength to carry on.
Goals for the Learners
To hear God’s message of patience for the people and assurance that God will act for justice.
To experience the feeling of joy when they have patiently awaited God’s promises.
To practice responding to difficulties by trusting in God’s presence and by praising God for strength to endure.
Lesson Challenges for the Week
Learn more about God’s passion for justice by studying the parable of the widow and the unjust judge in Luke 18:1-8. How does this parable give you hope that God will act with justice as you encounter unjust situations in your life and in the community?
Express your feelings of joy as you recall a promise that God has recently fulfilled for you by singing a hymn, drawing a picture, or writing a poem.
Tell someone about how you experience God with you in the midst of a difficult situation. Step out in faith by declaring to your listener that you believe God will give you the strength to endure.