READING: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19, Zephaniah 1:1-2:7
The words were the words of God to the prophet Habakkuk about God’s coming plan, but they still speak to us today. The first two chapters of this short book are dialogue between the prophet and God – which is itself both mysterious and magnificent, in that the God of eternity seeks relationship with us – and they reflect God’s responses to Habakkuk’s questions about justice and timing. God tells him to write down a vision He will give him, and He includes these words: ”For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late” (Hab 2:3).
The word was simple. God’s response would not be immediate, but He had already appointed a time to take care of the issues that perplexed the prophet. This vision would come to pass with complete accuracy, but it would happen in God’s timing. What might seem delay to the prophet was not outside of God’s plan; the vision would be fulfilled, and “not too late.” Others, including us, would later read the prophecy and see God’s faithfulness to His Word.
Here’s what I need to remember today. God has a plan. He will accomplish His plan. His timing is perfect. He is never late.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you trust the Lord in times of waiting?
DAILY PRAYER: “God, grant me grace to just keep trusting You, Your plan, and Your timing.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Zephaniah 2:8-3:20, 2 Chronicles 35:20-27, 2 Kings 23:29-30, Jeremiah 47:1-48:47