“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 2 v3)
I’ve been struck recently by the timeline of the Bible. The verse above, taken from Habakkuk 2, comes after the prophet has been wrestling with God over what he sees as the all prevailing injustice and suffering in his moment in history.
The revelation he is given in the following verses is one of God coming in his power to defeat evil and bring about justice.
It all points to Jesus, but we don’t see Christ on the scene for another 600 years.
So often when we read the Bible we can easily forget the decades, centuries and millennia that pass between events. We can move from book to book, Genesis to Revelation over a few months. The extraordinariness of Christ stepping onto the scene in the New Testament is frequently lost on us. But this is the moment in which centuries of prophecies and promises are at last fulfilled. In Heaven, where the angels have been singing the same song for eternity (“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; who was, and is, and is to come”) they write a new song about it in Revelation 5 v 9-10!
We are still awaiting our own revelation. There are promises for our lives, visions God has given us, desires he has said he’ll fulfil that we’re waiting on. We are also waiting for Christ to come again and the last words of the Bible indicate that it is ‘soon’. Just 2000 years and counting… Though the wait can feel discouraging, we can draw on characters like Simeon and Anna (Luke 2) who waited and worshipped in the temple, and how they must have felt when the baby Jesus was presented to them. Can we begin to imagine what that moment must have felt like?
The Message says “the vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming - it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”
What are you waiting on? Do you trust that he has perfect timing? Take time to meditate on Habakkuk, his wrestle and revelation.
Love, Hannah x