A Compass OrientationBy Bailie Rouse on April 6, 2018
This week in Chapel Dr. Hilber preached from Habakkuk 1, in which the prophet is complaining to the Lord and anguishing over the injustice that is caused by the Babylonian people. As the conversation between Habakkuk and God continues, God reminds Habakkuk that the righteous person will live by his faithfulness, which is bound together by fearing God with a whole heart. Our life should be oriented toward God with a pursuit of justice and goodness. The righteous are called to act in good faith by aligning our hearts to the ways of God and not living idly. Our faith and our relationship with Christ are not checklists to be marked, but a compass that is orienting our hearts to be loyal to our Father. As we wait in hope, our faith is to be active.
As Paul says in Galatians 5:6 faith expresses itself through love. Even during times of persecution, Christians must hold fast to the faith. Christ reiterates that as his followers we will experience suffering, but we receive our source of strength from him to endure and to be faithful. Listen to the whole sermon below.
About the Speaker
Dr. John Hilber currently serves as professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and hold a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He recently returned to GRTS after a one-year sabbatical at the Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he studied issues related to reading Genesis in an age of science. He has been married to Charlotte for nearly 37 years and they have one adult daughter.