Scriptures for October 31st: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4; 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 Theme: the time has come to see God’s vision clearly.
Habakkuk: It is a prophet’s job to pass on God’s word to the people. But a prophet’s job is also to pass on to God the concerns of the people. We don’t know much about who Habakkuk was, and we actually will only deal with his message this one time. What we do know is that he lived during the same time that Jeremiah was a prophet. He too understood the hopelessness and the violence of his age. He told the people that he would stand watch until God spoke the vision to him. And then he would make the vision plain for even the simplest person to see. Where is our vision present today?
Luke: Last week we all recognized the importance of humbling ourselves before God and being able to admit that we are sinners. How do we stand before God in the midst of our sin? We confess who we are, and accept God’s forgiveness. The story of the tax collector, Zaccheus, standing in a tree to see Jesus is a story of a sinner standing before God. Jesus enters into his life, even in the midst of all that he has done wrong and comes to Zaccheus’ house for dinner.
Questions: Do you see God’s vision for your life in the midst of the chaos? Who are the prophets who can voice the concerns of today clearly? What are the questions about the situation in the world that you would like to have answered by God? What would you do differently in your life if you knew that Jesus was coming to dinner? How do you stand before God and confess your sins? Do we stand in the way of those who are seeking a glimpse of Jesus?