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"There Is Always Hope"

Have you ever run out of hope?
Have you ever gotten to the point where there didn’t seem to be any good options? The evening news often adds to our feelings of despair by adding a new incident, or an addition-al fear to our current load.
School shootings, collusion with the Russians, floods, global warming are common subjects. Add these to personal struggles: our health, the struggle with all of the bills to pay, the death of my friend or loved one, my personal fatigue from work and other responsibilities and we can soon feel overwhelmed.
In the Old Testament, there is a little book from the prophet Habakkuk. It was written during a period when bigger and stronger nations (Assyria & Babylon– modern day nations are Syria and Iraq) were fighting for control of nations including Israel and Judah. Israel (Northern Palestine) had already been captured, but Judah (Southern Palestine) was still striving to avoid being overcome by these out-side forces. The book of Habakkuk is mostly to the nation of Judah but it seems relevant today. Habakkuk is asking a lot of questions of God. “Why questions” like “How long Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” “Why do you make me look at injustice?” “Why do you tolerate wrong?” “Destruction and vio-lence are before me; there is strife and conflict abounds.” (Hab 1. 2-3). Similar questions abound today. “Where is God?” “Why does He allow such evil?” “Why does He not answer my prayers?” “Why all of the violence with no justice?” “Does God even care about me, and my trials?” Habakkuk seems to hear the message from God as an instruction to write down...and to make plain (Chapter 2). The message is that “the righteous will live by his faith.” (2. 4b) God’s justice will happen, at it’s appointed time, and meanwhile those who love the Lord must continue to trust, and “live by faith.”

Habakkuk notes in Chapter 2, that there will be those who taunt, and ridicule, and seek to gain by unjust means. But, “WOE” to them! There is a judgment day coming! God is paying attention. At the conclusion of his little book Habakkuk reminds us about hope, and living by faith in our Lord. He writes:17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. This promise that God is Lord and strength even in those barren times when there are no evidences of hope is for us also. “We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5.7) . “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11.1). So I want to encourage you today. Whatever you are going through– God is still working! He is Lord over the big heartaches, and the little frustrations. So be deliberate in your faith, and repeat the words of Habakkuk. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior…”




Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975