The vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the goal; it will not fail. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3
Treasure terminates time: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you …” “Anticipation … is keeping me waiting!” “You can’t hurry love; no, you just have to wait.” “Just wishing and hoping and praying,” we’re “sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away.” Only love can make these statements true. Only love decides such delays are necessary. The unhappy Israelites waited four hundred years in Egypt while the Amorites finished sinning enough to warrant the judgment God promised Abraham. “At the right time Christ died for the ungodly,” though God had promised his intervention on our behalf early in the history of his people. Even now, though we are already citizens of God’s kingdom, we wait eagerly for Jesus to return so we can experience the long-promised transformation we call the resurrection. God is not slow about his promise; he does not want any of his people to perish. So, he’s waiting for us to make progress in repentance, the process of turning more and more towards the Son. When, by persevering in doing the good he commands, we pursue glory, honor and immortality, we will receive eternal life. What keeps us going in this effort is the certainty of the joy of receiving the incomparable riches of his grace in useful kindness forever.
Prophetic Lord, enlighten my heart’s eyes so I will wait aggressively as I see your beautiful design unfold.