Reading: Habakkuk 2: 1-4
Habakkuk has cried out to God. Now he takes his place on the wall and awaits God’s response. He has said his piece and waits. Habakkuk demonstrates great faith. He will wait upon God. He is also showing us how to be hopeful in the face of injustice or persecution. This can be very hard on our own but very possible with God. Lastly, Habakkuk expects a response from God. It is as if he is saying, “I’m going to stand over here God. Come answer me when you are ready”.
God’s answer is not really an answer to Habakkuk’s question. In essence, God’s answer to “How long?” is: “until I am ready”. In God’s answer we sense a definite awareness of what Habakkuk was praying about – the injustice and the violence. But God also says to be patient. God speaks of an appointed time that will not prove false. God indicates that Habakkuk is to wait as the answer lingers. Our passage ends by God stating, “the righteous will live by his faith”. It echoes what was revealed to Paul, “my grace is sufficient for you”. God is saying, “be patient, be obedient, be steadfast – I have this”.
In our lives, we too may often ask “How long”? God’s response is the same to us: trust me, be patient, have faith, be obedient, live righteously, be steadfast. We know that God is sovereign. We know that God is omnipotent and omnipresent. God has it all in the ‘palm of his hand’. May we, like Habakkuk, faithfully live into God’s plan, even when it requires patience and, above all, faith and trust.