Bible Passage: Habakkuk
Memory Verse: Habakkuk 3:2
Bible Truth
When life does not make sense, we can still trust God.

Lesson Introduction:
Today, we get to look at the Book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a minor prophet who was troubled by the evil he saw in the world. He was confused when it seemed that sin was not being punished. Just like we do, sometimes, Habakkuk struggled to understand God’s plan. Habakkuk teaches us that when life does not make sense, we can still trust God.

Our picture is of a watchtower. At one point, Habakkuk says he will wait in the watchtower (lookout tower) for God to answer his questions. A watchtower was a place where someone could see over a large area. Keeping watch from a tall tower allows guards to protect the people, land, and animals from threats.

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

What question was Joel asking about different things in his house? (How does it work?)
Who did Joel meet to teach him about how the air and heat work?
Who had questions in today’s Bible story?
What is something you have learned from the Book of Habakkuk?

Open your Bibles and find the Book of Habakkuk. Remember, it is in the Old Testament and is a Minor Prophet. This means we will find it toward the end of the Old Testament.  
Read Habakkuk 1:2-3. Habakkuk did not understand everything that was going on around him. He felt like God was not listening to him. He talked to God about his concerns. God wants us to come to Him when we feel confused, afraid, or mad. It may not seem like God is not listening, but God always hears our prayers. Read Habakkuk 1:5. God responds to Habakkuk’s prayer. He tells him to look and observe. God has a purpose for everything. Sometimes, we must wait a long time to see God’s plan. Sometimes, we may never see His plan, but we can be confident that He has one. God tells the prophet in Habakkuk 2:4 that the righteous will live by faith.
Use the Bible Story picture below to tell the rest of the story. Today we learned that even when life doesn’t make sense, we can trust God. We also learned that it is good to ask questions of someone who knows what they are talking about. Ask your child what questions they have. Prompt them that we have experienced a lot of things lately that might make us feel unsafe or confused or frustrated. Encourage them to ask those questions and remind the of the Bible Truth.

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. Finish Habakkuk's question: How long Lord do I need to call for _______? (Help, Habakkuk 1:2)
  2. Finish Habakkuk's question: Why do I have to see ______________? (Injustice, Habakkuk 1:3)
  3. Who heard Habakkuk's questions? (God, Habakkuk 1:5)
  4. Who was coming to defeat Judah? (A mighty army, Habakkuk 1:6-9)
  5. Where did Habakkuk decide to wait for God to answer his prayer? (His post on the lookout tower, Habakkuk 2:1)
  6. What did God tell Habakkuk that the righteous live by? (Faith, Habakkuk 2:4)
  7. Finish Habakkuk's statement: Lord, I am in ______ of your actions. (Awe, Habakkuk 3:2)
  8. What did Habakkuk ask God to remember? (Mercy, Habakkuk 3:2)
  9. Finish Habakkuk's statement: I will rejoice in the God of my ____________. (Salvation, Habakkuk 3:18)
  10. Finish Habakkuk's statement: The Lord is my ___________ (Strength, Habakkuk 3:19)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story of Habakkuk.


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

People did bad things.
Habakkuk asked God to help.
God said He would help at the right time.


Review a few things Habakkuk did: Remind children that Habakkuk wrote about God and the things Habakkuk wrote are in the Bible.