As a group, make a list of people who seem to be succeeding at life in spite of living an immoral lifestyle (celebrities, politicians, athletes, etc.).
Why do you think God allows these people to be so successful?
If you focus on the future, is it easier to comprehend these people's present success? Why?
Throughout the book of Habakkuk, God
Read Habakkuk 3:17-19. How do you think Habbakkuk was able to be "joyful" even though things were bad and appeared to be getting worse?
If these verses were written about your life, what would they say? Do you think your faith would be the same as Habakkuk's? Why or why not?
Habakkuk 2:4 says "the righteous will live by faith". Habakkuk wrote this during the hardest of times. What do you think it means to "live by faith" in difficult circumstances?
What present circumstances make it difficult for you to always obey God? Why?
Read Hebrews 11:32-39. Which of the circumstances in this passage is closest to your present difficulties? What do you think made it possible for these people to live by faith in such difficult situations?
Which of the following is most likely to derail you from obeying God?
- You are afraid things might not work out like you want.
- You've seen too many people disobey God and succeed.
- You're having too much fun.
- Not everything makes sense yet.
- Other (explain).
Read 1 John 2:3-6. How can these verses shape your life this week?