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Complete Surrender

1/28/18 Habakkuk 3:1-19

We’ve all heard it said, “There’s no such thing as a dumb question”, right?

Well, let me ask you this: Are you asking questions to find the truth or to avoid the truth?

To find answers or avoid answers?

Sometimes our motives for asking questions are as important as the questions we ask. I find that some questions are asked just to block progress toward resolution not to help get to it. Questions of curiosity and a genuine desire for more knowledge lead the list of honest, good questions. So I would say there is such a thing as a dumb question. i.e. if a question isn’t honest it will lead to wrong conclusions and mislead your life.

Bad questions keep the wheels spinning in one place. Question after question to stall or block progress are just not helpful or genuine. I love good questions for true seekers. Habakkuk was genuinely wanting to know what was going on and what God was doing. The way he concluded his letter reveals this {3:17-19}

Can you say you’re truly content with God regardless of circumstances? You may not feel content with the circumstances, but can you be content with God in those circumstances, is the question. Asking honest questions of God leads first to a better understanding of Him, which in turn leads to a better understanding of your circumstances.

Habakkuk lived in an agrarian society, so he likened bad times to when the fig tree did not blossom, fruit was not found on the vine, fields yielded no food, or the livestock couldn’t get to the field to feed. i.e. even if these terrible things happened, still he would exalt the Lord.

In this way, Habakkuk is an example of complete surrender.

What would be at least four kinds of things in our society, that would threaten your ability to exalt God? Or completely surrender to Him.

i.e. what's your failing fig tree? what's your fruitless vine?

For example: Though I lose my job…

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