STAND, WAIT, BELIEVE
Habakkuk was a literary prophet who prophesized to Judah between 612 B.C. and 605 B. His heart broke for a world disintegrating around him. He longed to understand why evil existed, and always appeared to win. Habakkuk boldly brought his complaint to God, and then waited for God’s answer. God’s answer and the comfort it offers are timeless. “Though the answer may linger, wait for it! It will certainly come, and will not delay.”
Have you ever asked the Lord “why””? Have you ever questioned what was happening in your life, and wondered why you hadn’t heard from God? “I will stand at my watch,” Habakkuk declared, “and station myself on the ramparts. I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint” (Habakkuk 2:1). Habakkuk stood firm, and declared he would not move until He had heard from God. He did not stand in an attitude of his right to have an answer, but one of humility in the awareness of God’s faithfulness. Having brought his question to God, he believed He would hear. He stood, and he waited.
When I don’t understand something in my life, do I go to God respectfully in prayer? Do I wait for His answer, and believe that I will receive it? “Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere,” the writer of Hebrews proclaims, “so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36). My confidence in God in revealed in my ability to stand firm and wait for His answer. There is a promise. If I have done the will of God, I will receive what He has promised.
The Lord replied to Habakkuk, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 1:2-3). Habakkuk received an answer, and the Lord told him to write it down and announce it. It might take awhile for the revelation to occur, but it would happen. Writing my revelation–proclaiming my promise–speaking it aloud–requires faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Read how the next few verses in Habakkuk and Hebrews meld together. “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay” (Hebrews 10:37). “Though it [He] linger, wait for it; it will surely come and not delay” (Habakkuk 1:2-3). “The revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false” (Habakkuk 1:3a). The righteous person will live by his faithfulness (Habakkuk 1:4b). “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10:38-39).
When I wait for my answer, I wait for Him. He will not linger in His answer to me. His answer will be sure. It may take awhile, but it will come, and it will true. I will live by faith, and will not shrink from standing firm in Him. I am not one who will be destroyed. I will see His hand move in answer to my need.