2 And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 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 2:2-3
In God’s response to Habakkuk He anticipated a lack of patience regarding the vision He gave Habakkuk. God reassured Habakkuk that even if it seemed slow that Habakkuk should wait for it and that it would surely come.
From an early age our culture conditions us to be impatient. We live in a society where we are always trying to get what we want when we want it. Fast food is not fast enough, the internet is too slow, the microwave takes too long, 2 day delivery is a must, traffic make my drive home take too long. Though our modern conveniences are good and help us to accomplish more it also continues to build a people who lack patience.
Many of us think this way also when it comes to the work of God. When God does not give us the answers we want or the things we think we need we sometimes begin to think that he is taking too long. When our prayers are not answered the way that we want in the time frame that we desire we become impatient and even sometimes question God.
What God showed Habakkuk and that we can observe from the bible is that God is God. This truth means that He is never late. God always delivers what He intended to deliver. Our job is not to tell God what to do, because that would in reality make us God. Our job is to trust Him and know that He is working all things for His glory and our benefit. God is in control of all things at all times. We fail to understand Him because we are not him.
Here are few questions to consider as we think about this further:
-Are you always worried about everything?
Do you become anxious when you face uncertainties in life?
-Are you a person that is often stressed out because of the situations that you face in life?
-Do you find that you sometimes manipulate people and situations so that things can work out the way you thing they should?
-Do you always need to be in control of situations?