Suffering and the Surprising Plans of God

How do you respond when God gives you a challenging message?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “Turning to God in Troubling Times” from the words of the prophet Habakkuk. We looked at Habakkuk 1:5-11, where God responds to Habakkuk’s earlier prayer with the surprising words that He is going to raise up an enemy to bring judgment on God’s people. How do we make sense of this? What is God doing? These are the sort of questions we explored as we walked through this challenging portion of Scripture.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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The God Who Acts (Habakkuk 1:5)

 God’s Action in Light of Habakkuk’s Question (1:2)

God’s Action in Light of Disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15, 49)


When God’s Action Plan Doesn’t Match Our Hopes (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

God and the Babylonian Empire

The Character of the Babylonian forces

God’s Judgment on the Babylonian forces


Two Crucial Issues from Habakkuk

The Nations and the Sovereignty of God

Suffering and the Justice of God

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