“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”
–Habakkuk 2:2 (ESV)
ReallyLeah’s UnHotMess Series 1. 2021. Bringing in the Best and Pushing out the Mess
So, it is obvious that a whole lot of crazy, messiness is going on in the world. For every step forward it appears that there are two giant steps backward, and then another counter move brings more division and delusions. But if you are wise, you, my friend, already know how this story ends.
We may not have specifics, but we know.
However, if you don’t, there is still no need to worry. You can learn as Habakkuk did.
The Same Ole Story
Way back in the 600s Before Christ (BC), Habakkuk the prophet felt a lot like we do now. There was not enough justice or righteousness in the land and Habakkuk felt clueless. In short and to paraphrase an already short book of the Bible, Habakkuk was fed up with the way people were thinking and acting.
Furthermore, he was a tad bitter towards God for allowing the people to act so foolishly. Habakkuk knew the big boys and girls were oppressing the little people to get rich. He knew the leaders in the land were living it up, drinking, and eating expensive foods while the common folks were struggling to survive. Sound familiar?
He also complained of the country’s idolatry to themselves and their government. The people in Habakkuk’s day were making everything a god but God. So he cried out (lamented) to God for an answer.
“Why, God?… I know You see this mess so what are You going to do about it, and why haven’t You done it already?” (more of Leah’s paraphrasing)
Some of you would be afraid to ask God these questions but Habakkuk, was not because he already had a secure relationship with God. People, who don’t have this kind of intimacy would rather murmur these thoughts to themselves or to someone who cannot change a tire let alone the world.
But Habakkuk knew God. He felt comfortable crying out to his Savior–the ultimate world changer.
And after Habakkuk expressed his observations and complaints, God responded.
Wait for it
God begins telling Habakkuk to write down what He (God) is about to show him. God instructs Habakkuk to make it plain and uncomplicated so anyone who reads the words will know how to live (by faith).
Now, you must read the three-chapter book for yourself to get all the details. But I will tell you this: God assures the prophet that His righteous judgement will prevail and evil will be destroyed, and in the end Habakkuk praises God.
Write it Down
God wants to show you and I visions as well. We need only confess our own sins first, ask for answers, and then wait and write it down.
So what has God shown you about your life? Have you written it down yet?
Any questions? Please leave them in the comment area.
Words of Wisdom
“For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end and does not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 (BSB)