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Habakkuk #4—Time and Treasure

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.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Habakkuk #4—Time and Treasure

  1. Just recently I was thinking about how God’s greatest revelations are preceded by long periods of his silence: the exodus and the incarnation. And here we are, in the longest period of God’s silence since Abraham, awaiting the fullest revelation of his kingdom.

    On Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 9:14 AM Promises for the Battle wrote:

    > Doug Knighton posted: “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 ” >

    Posted by Morgan Knighton | 26 January 2020, 20:37
    • True. So it’s a good thing that we have several reminders to be watching for this final revelation so we can persevere until then:
      Acts 1:11 … suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”
      John 14:2-3 … I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too.
      Hebrews 9:28 Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
      1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

      Posted by Doug Knighton | 27 January 2020, 16:36

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