“I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:1-3)
There are times when we must wait. God may want us to be patient in hearing from Him. He may desire for us to learn in that time to wait on Him. It may be that the appropriate time hasn’t arrived and we must wait for it to come. Whatever it may be, sometimes we are to wait on the Lord.
The prophet Habakkuk knew this all to well. He wrote about how He waited for God to speak to Him. He stood watch waiting for God and was committed to wait no matter how long the wait was. When God spoke to Habakkuk, He reassured Habbakuk that He was in control and that all things were going according to His plan.
It is hard to wait but God knows what He is doing. He is in control. We just need to trust Him that in His timing that what He wants done will be done. This week, let us be like Habakkuk and set ourselves on the watchpost and be diligent in waiting on the Lord.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Habakkuk was a prophet that God used to share His message with the people of Judah. Unfortunately, the people of Judah weren’t receiving a happy message. They had fallen away from God and God was warning the people that they would have to deal with the pending judgment. Even more so, God was going to use the Babylonians, who were very wicked in their own right, to be the instrument that God would use.
In all of this, Habakkuk was faithful to preach the message. He did question God as to why and the means that God would use. However, Habakkuk trusted God no matter what. These verses which are toward the end of the book show that. When tough times come, Habakkuk would rejoice in the Lord. When things don’t make sense, Habakkuk would take joy in God. Habakkuk trusted God and would follow Him through thick and thin.
That should be our hope as well. When times are hard, we should rejoice in the Lord. When we question what we’re going through, let us be reminded of God’s faithfulness and works. He has provided us salvation through Jesus. He has given us mercy and grace. And he has given us joy. This week, let us rejoice in the Lord, both in the midst of good times and the midst of bad times.