Bible Studies for Life Lesson for January 13- Habakkuk- A Message of Faith
January 2 2013 by Bartley Wooten, senior pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church, Beulaville

Focal Passages: Habakkuk 1:1-3, 5-6, 13; 2:1, 4-6; 3:2, 17-19b
Sometimes, life has a way of challenging our faith. Whether it is personal circumstances or a terrible tragedy, our faith can become fragile if we do not keep our hearts and minds focused on the trustworthiness of God.
The Prophet Habakkuk reminds us of this truth. He lived in a time of international crisis when Judah was corrupt and injustice ran rampant. In distress, Habakkuk questioned God about the state of affairs in his country (Hab. 1:1-3). After God’s response (Hab. 1:5-6; 2:4-6), we learn that difficult circumstances may cause our faith to be stretched, but we must trust God with the outcome and remain faithful.
It is no surprise to those who know me that I am a Tim Tebow fan. Tebow, a quarterback for the New York Jets has two BCS titles while at Florida, a Heisman Trophy, plus an unbelievable season with the Denver Broncos last year. Most importantly, Tebow is a devout follower of Jesus Christ.
After last year’s season with the Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets to play backup quarterback behind Mark Sanchez. The idea was Tebow would supplement what Sanchez was doing by developing an offensive wildcat package that would be inserted throughout the game.
At the time of this writing, it has not worked. What is worse, Tebow’s football career is now in jeopardy, in my opinion, because of poor decision making from the Jets organization.

Some might think that I am a crazy football fan. Not really. I am more interested in the platform God has given Tebow. You see, a lot of people don’t like Tebow because he is outspoken about his relationship with Jesus Christ. Others question his quarterback skills.
It seems at every turn Tebow’s future is uncertain in the NFL. However, what I find inspiring about Tebow is, like Habakkuk, he continues to place his hope in God no matter the situation (Hab. 3:17-19).
Tebow was once asked about his future in the NFL as a quarterback. He responded, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.”
1/2/2013 2:06:22 PM by Bartley Wooten, senior pastor, Beulaville Baptist Church, Beulaville | with 0 comments

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