The Righteous Shall Live by Faith (Habakkuk 1:12-2:5)
What was Habakkuk’s original complaint (1:2-4)? How did God respond (1:5-11)? What does Habakkuk complain about now (1:12-17)? How did God’s response intensify Habakkuk’s confusion and frustration?
As Habakkuk prepares his second complaint, he rehearses many of God’s names and attributes (1:12-13). Why is it important to remind ourselves of what God is like when his ways don’t make sense to us?
The righteous will trust God and walk in his ways even in the darkest of times (2:4). How does Habakkuk demonstrate this kind of faith at the end of the book? (See 3:17-19) What does it practically look like to live out this kind of faith in your current circumstances?
Questions for Preschool
Q: What are the differences between God and us?
A: Discuss the many differences in God and in us. You can include truths such as God is the Creator, we are His creation, God is holy, we are not - we are all born in sin and naturally separated from His perfect righteousness.
Q: Because we are all sinners, we all disobey God. Will God allow our disobedience to go unpunished?
A: No, God is righteously angry with our sin and will punish them both in this life and in the life to come.
Q: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?
A: Yes, God brings us back to Himself by our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin on the cross and rose again from the dead so that we can have a relationship with God and one day will live forever with Him.
Questions for Elementary
Q: Last week we read about how Habakkuk questioned God for not judging Israel for their disobedience and wickedness. What is God’s answer to Habakkuk’s question in verse 6?
A: In verse 5, God says, “I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if you are told.” He then went on in verse 6 to explain that He was sending the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to bring His judgement.
Q: Read Hebrews 12:11. What does this verse teach us about discipline? Why do fathers discipline their children? Why does God discipline His children?
A: Discipline is loving correction that is designed to shape and mold our character. Talk about what this verse in Hebrews says about discipline. Fathers discipline their children because they love them and want what is best for their child. They know that while discipline is not pleasant, it is necessary to teach children how they ought to live and keep them safe. In the same way, God disciplines His children when necessary to help us see our need for Him, and drive us to repent of our sin and come back to Him again.
Q: In what days have you seen a father’s loving discipline be effective in your life or the life of someone you know?
A: Parents, if you have specific examples from your own life or the life of your kids, share these with your child. Reinforce your love for them and God’s love for them because He cares enough about us to draw us back to Him. Pray together, asking that the moments of discipline in your lives would build the fruit of righteousness that makes you look more like Christ.
Questions for Teens
What has Habakkuk taught you about prayer so far?
What does it mean that “the righteous shall live by his faith”?
How has the book of Habakkuk shaped your view of your circumstances?
How has Habakkuk shaped your view of God?