The Appointed Time
Habbakuk experienced what some, if not most of us go through – prayer that seems to get lost in the wind. The enemy had been terrorizing the nations of the time for far too long, and the prophet was disheartened by the seeming indifference of God.
When God finally answered, it was not what the prophet may have wanted to hear. God was well aware of all that was happening, He was seeing from above. But He was not about to put a stop to it, at least not right away. But He promised Habbakuk one thing, ‘that the vision was for an appointed time, and that in the fullness of time it shall come to pass and not tally’ (Habakkuk 2:3).
Habbakuk was satisfied, thus he said –“Though the gid tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, thought there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior”. He was comforted knowing that God above was watching, and that He had set aside a time that He would act.
May it be so with us today. May we be aware that God is watching our situation, He sees our tears and our pain, and has appointed a particular time that He will answer, and that He will not be a minute late. Have you had a dream that seems to have tallied? Rejoice! The vision is for an appointed time. Do you feel that heaven has been silent to your prayer, or that God has been indifferent? Rejoice! The vision is for an appointed time. It may not come a day earlier, but it will not come a day later. Praise the Lord!
Last Sunday, like every other Sunday, I went to church in earnest expectation that God would minister individually to my spirit. My faith tank was running dangerously low and I needed a refill, I needed a good word. And the pastor did have a good word, but it never lit up my spirit. I desperately wanted to hear the voice of God through the pastor, but the more he preached, the more I felt disconnected.
Sometimes we struggle to believe, I don’t know whether it points to spiritual immaturity, or just one of the seasons of the heart. But, sometimes faith is a struggle. The prophet comes with good news that the season of despair is ending and a new season is beginning, and you desperately want to believe, desperately, but the bank of faith is completely spent.
On a closer examination, I realized that I do have the faith; but I constantly let my faith ride on the wrong bus. When circumstances are right, hopes go high, when nothing seems to be working, hopes fade. We should never allow our faith to board the bus of circumstance, but only on our author and finisher of our faith Himself – Jesus.
There’s one thing that we can be guaranteed of; that God is faithful. If there’s not much else to hold on to, we can confidently clutch at the faithfulness of God. As in the days of 2 chronicles, Israel was surrounded by an army too powerful for them. A prophet’s word of promise could have been easily drowned in the sea of despair, but one king Jehoshaphat looked up to God, knowing that there was not much else he could hope in, and ended his prayer of surrender with “…we do not know what to do, but oh Lord, our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12b).
Often, we put our faith in the wrong places. We place it in people, and the people fail; we place it in the weather; and the weather changes, we place it in institutions and laws, and then policies change; we place it in the government, and that too, disappoints. No wonder then that it becomes a struggle to believe, because we place our faith on shifting ground. But, like King Jehoshaphat, if we place our faith on God, we can be assured that He will not change. His faithfulness withstands the weather, finances, policies, laws, weaknesses, and even time itself.