References: Habakkuk 3Have you ever asked God why there is suffering and injustice in the world? The Old Testament prophet, Habakkuk, did just that. Living some 600 years before the birth of Christ, Habakkuk looked on the evil and disobedience of Israel and asked God two questions: why did God tolerate evil and how long would it continue unpunished? God's answer to Habakkuk shocked the prophet: God would punish His people's sin by using pagan Babylon: a nation more evil than the Israelites: to destroy and take Israel captive. God's unexpected and mighty response moved the prophet to awe. As we face our own difficult questions about the evil, chaos, disease and sin in the world around us, the book of Habakkuk reminds us that the ways of God are not simple. But God is still powerfully in control, and, while we might not understand His answers, He always acts to accomplish His eternal — and perfect — purposes.
The Hole in our Holiness is that we don't seem to care much about holiness. Or, at the very least, we don't understand it. And we all have our reasons too: Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. Maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in your already overwhelming life. Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual. Or maybe you've been trying really hard to be holy and it's just not working! Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too many don't seem all that concerned about it. This is a book for those of us who are ready to take holiness seriously, ready to be more like Jesus, ready to live in light of the grace that produces godliness. This is a book about God's power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of