Write the vision and make it plain on the tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
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Three things we shall look at Vision, Appointed Time, and Speaking
You may have heard someone say, at some stage in their life ‘I have a vision or goal that I want to achieve’ something that they are aiming for. For example, it may be a vision to do the London Marathon in three years. With that in mind they go about working out how they might achieve that with a plan of action. Firstly, they may start with trying to run a mile each week, going to the gym to build up muscle mass twice a week and daily stretching exercise. The plan over the course of the year may increase to running 10 miles a week increasing the gym and stretching activity. Over the course of the three years that person will be getting closer to the vision of being able to run the 26 miles that it takes to run the marathon. The vision can be implemented to anything. I have a vision to start a company or to became a music artist etc. The plan of activity again is the same, what do you need TO Do daily to make the vision a reality.
But the vision of the bible in Habakkuk 2 is not the same kind of vision/goal as above. It is not a vision emanating out of the soul, although this is good. The vision here in the text is really a ‘revelation’ and unveiling of what God is showing. What the prophet saw in Chapter 1 is a God-given revelation.
The old testament prophets needed to have a vision first from God to give to the people as to the direction that God was given to the nation of Israel. All through scripture we can see how Kings, leaders and the nation in times of national crisis would seek the face of God in fasting and prayers with the guidance of the prophet to hear the instructions and direction of God.
It is the same word used in I Samuel 3:1 ‘The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli, In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions’. The word of the Lord was rare; meaning there was no vision or revelation coming from God. Eli who was the prophet of the time, eyes had grown dim both physically and spiritually. How do we know this? His sons Hophi and Phinehas were servants of priests in the temple, were taking the offerings of the people for themselves and Eli did nothing to reprimand his sons. It is the same word used in Proverbs 29:18 ‘Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. So again the vision is the unveiling revelation of something that God wants us to see and maybe not something we conjure up ourselves.
Then we must look at the ‘appointed time’ Again this is interesting turn of phrase, as waiting on God’s timing is not something we like to do. We hear so many times that if you want something go for it, ‘make it happen’ if there is no door ‘ then you create one’. Don’t wait for things to happen make it happen. There is the urgency of the NOW. And whilst faith is now…there is a period of waiting where God might be purifying faith, or changing character and attitude. The appointed time is the divine season of God where we fit in with his bigger plans and not God fitting in with our plans.
In Genesis 17:21 God says to Abraham ‘My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year’. The phrase ‘this time’ is the appointed time – meaning it could not happen before, it was a time set out by God. Abraham and Sarah must get into divine alignment and timing with God.
It is interesting to note that when God called Abram in Genesis 12 he is taken on a faith journey from Chapter 12-16. It’s not until chapter 17 when God changes his name. ‘You are no longer going to be called Abram, you are Abraham ‘father of nations’ and Sarai is now going to be called Sarah for Kings will come out of here. Abraham and Sarah are called prophetically by their names of destiny and then God says in Genesis 17:21 ‘You shall bare a son by this time next year’ This is the only time in God’s dealing with Abraham and the promised seed that He is time specific. Genesis 21:2 ‘Sarah conceives and bears a son in the appointed time’ Isaac is born and now the vision the revelation speaks.
The vision will speak and not delay as we wait for it patiently, though it delays it will surely come and will not delay
Wait for it…it will not lie – It is SPEAKING and will SPEAK