Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on 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.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 NKJV
If you’re reading this, you’ve (almost) made it to another new year. There are some mixed feelings about it: some people are excited, others are doubtful. 2020 was HEAVY for a lot of people. For me, I stopped working, dealt with school stress, got COVID-19 while going into finals, family drama, and very difficult decisions to make for the next year. To you, this might seem like nothing but to me it was quite a lot.
I can only imagine what it was like in your shoes, but if we lived in same the same year then I can only assume we both survived in the same year. And if we survived, that means there’s more that needs to be dreamt of, pursued after, and accomplished. If we survived, that means God has more to say to us and do through us.
Habukkuk is one of the least popular books of the Bible, I would say. He was a prophet, a person that spoke with and heard from God, that would share God’s plans with people. I gave a lesson in children’s Sunday school about being a prophet. The heart of the message was that anybody can do it.
In church culture, it’s so easy to get stuck on calling. Calling means the divine appointment to do God’s will. There are many scriptures that talk about calling but there are just as many that talk about US being called. All of us.
Every new year people make resolutions for themselves. Some write things out while others have a mental check list. There are mental, physical, financial, and spiritual goals that many people want to achieve. There are even more people who have been so disappointed by failed attempts and plans that they have lost all hope in the future. Some believe the only thing that changes about a year is the number.
Habukkuk was written after a time of turmoil. War was being waged, people had turned from God, and there were only a few prophets at the time. Year after year the people were experiencing hardship. Year after year they were looking for God but found nothing but heartache in the land. We think the Bible only teaches lessons that applied long ago but these same occurrences are happening in our lives today. We feel distant, hurt, alone, lost, and we have lost hope. Sometimes, we lose hope in God.
Habukkuk starts his letter with “YHWH, how long will I cry and you won’t hear?” We have all been there before; I have been there before, especially in a year like this. But there is hope! In Habukkuk 2:2-3, God is not only talking to Habukkuk individually at that specific time but to all of us currently.
If you are still alive reading this, there are more visions to be written down. If it doesn’t turn out to be what you had hoped, you can hope again and try your vision again (or maybe a new one). In this new year, I hope we come to understand that our visions aren’t solely about us and our expectations. Like the verse above states, there are others that will benefit from the things you do.
If you are still alive reading this, IT will happen for you. Hopefully this year, hopefully soon, but until that appointed time comes for you, keep hope alive. Keep writing those visions and dreams out; keep being patient; keep trying; keep hoping and know that God never takes too long for anything.
He knows the right time for everything and will not fail you. Have a hopeful and blessed new year. I hope to hear from you all again in 2021.