10-2-16 “Make It Plain” by Rev. Chase Peeples

November 8, 2016
Old Testament prophet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55071 [retrieved November 8, 2016]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarygeek/4455148104/.

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“Make It Plain”
by Rev. Chase Peeples
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
October 2, 2016, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Hebrew prophet Habakkuk dared to confront God about all the injustice in the world.  The response he received was a declaration that God’s purposes will in the end be fulfilled.  So we, Like the Hebrew prophet, must wait but what does that waiting look like?  Is waiting passive or can it be something more?

Related quotation:

“We must trust that there is something larger and more benevolent than the apparent odds stacked against us.”
—Julia Cameron

“To wait for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for his world is not a passive resignation, however–not a clenched teeth, stoic acceptable of whatever comes along. The end of human history is already foreseen by God, but the route by which that goal is reached, the decision as to who will inherit its abundant life, and the multitudinous events that will work together to bring in the kingdom are still undecided in the ongoing dialogue between God and his creatures.”
–Elizabeth Achtemeier

“I arrived at an understanding of faith that had far more to do with trust than with certainty. I trusted God to be God even if I could not say who God was for sure. I trusted God to sustain the world although I could not say for sure how that happened. I trusted God to hold me and those I loved, in life and in death, without giving me one shred of conclusive evidence that it was so.”
–Barbara Brown Taylor

Bible References

  • Habakkuk 1:1 - 4
  • Habakkuk 2:1 - 4