If It Seems Slow, Wait For It

by Oct 2, 2020Article, Prayer Newsletter

If It Seems Slow, Wait For It

I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

And the Lord answered me:

‘Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.’

 Habakkuk 2:1-3 

We may never know why 2020 has been one of the strangest, toughest, and unexpected years in recent memory. We may leave this earth before God gives us a glimpse into the reason behind the experiences this year has brought. I’ve felt like a child always asking “Why?”

But God gives us His Word for circumstances just like these. The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet’s questions for God. Evil was thriving throughout the land and it appeared to Habakkuk that God was doing nothing.

Why do you make me see iniquity,

and why do you idly look at wrong?

Destruction and violence are before me;

strife and contention arise.

Habakkuk 1:3

Just switch out a few words and it feels like some of my recent feelings.

Habakkuk was very honest with how he felt, and God was listening the whole time. God answers Habakkuk’s first questions with the declaration that more destruction is coming.

Dear Father, comfort us in the hurt and unknown of 2020. We trust that even if we don’t get the answers we are looking for in this life, we know You are in control and are guiding us every step of the way.

Habakkuk then had more questions, and God responded with the verses above, including:

“If it seems slow, wait for it;”

Habakkuk 2:3 (emphasis added)

God’s answers to a lot of my “Why” questions often seem slow, but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t have a purpose for my struggles in the waiting. Even if we never get an answer for our “Why” questions during this unexpected year, God is still moving and using this time in our lives to teach us and grow us. And He is right there comforting us in our pain and doubt. We can trust that while we wait, we can cling to a God who knows what’s best for us.

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