“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 2:2b-3
How good are you at keeping promises? God excels at it! He is faithful and he is true. God has a plan that cannot be thwarted. It is a plan from eternity past that will continue into eternity future and there is not one detail that has not been considered. He does not wring his hands in response to something that happens. He is sovereign over it all. As we live in our little moments of time and space, we can lose sight of that truth. We find it hard to imagine how God could possibly use some of the things we see around us to accomplish his plan. But he will and he does. You can write it down. That’s what he tells Habakkuk. Write it down clearly on tablets. Make it permanent. It will surely come. No doubt. You can take it to the bank. While this can be a comforting truth, it is also a sobering truth, and that is where the problem can come in. God is patient; we are not. Consider Exodus 34:1a compared with 34:8a. Consider 2 Peter 3:8-10. There we see why we should praise God that he is patient. There is a reason Jesus has not yet returned. It is so that people can receive him and not spend eternity in Hell, separated from him. God is working out his plan in the unfolding of salvation history. If the end seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come. Meanwhile, how can you use these times to make his amazing love and truth known to each person you meet? How can you live in the beauty of his presence as you wait?