If (the vision) seems to tarry, wait for it…

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Habakkuk 2: 2 Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. 3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. 

The prophet Habakkuk is sharing an important word from the Lord to Israel. Like many other prophets, Habakkuk has been warning Israel of the consequences for their unfaithfulness to God, the injustice in the land of Judah, the worship of idols, and so on. Israel would pay a terrible price, but that would not be the last word. God would bring restoration to Israel after a time of suffering.

Habakkuk 2: 3 “For there is still a vision for the appointed time…”

Like Israel we are waiting for a vision of our future, but things are still very fuzzy in Covid time. Every time we think we have a handle on things, the situation changes (Omicron variant for example) and our assumptions have to be recalibrated. The tension of the unknown takes a toll over time…

If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come…”

The promise of scripture is that the Lord will give us a vision for our future. Eventually. And so we wait. Lord give us grace to trust you in this season of uncertainty. Amen.

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