Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2 – 3 (NIV)
If we follow God’s commands and decrees, are obedient to all God has instructed us to do and carry out our duties in excellence and expectation; we are operating by faith.
Faith is not neat and pretty. Faith is often not easy nor convenient. It doesn’t come in a cute little package all wrapped up and delivered to us just when we need it. FAITH IS WORK!
In the aforementioned passage of scripture, Habakkuk was asking God questions because, while he trusted God, he was confused about God’s methods. Habakkuk states, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts…” (Hab. 2:1a NIV) In other words, Habakkuk states he’s not going to stop doing what he’s supposed to do while he awaits God’s answers. He’s going to continue to fulfill his purpose and wait with expectation to get the answer he needs from God. He is ready to be rebuked by God, but he still seeks an answer and is waiting for God to give it to him.
Faith can be nerve wracking! Faith can cause you to loose friends and gain haters. Faith can be a dividing line. Do you really trust God enough to work while you wait on the answer? Do you really trust God enough to know that the answer is coming in God’s perfect time? Are you willing to never give up on your purpose no matter what other people may say or do?
Noah operated in faith. Abram – even before he was Abraham – operated in faith. Able operated by faith which is why his offering pleased God and Cain’s didn’t. Jesus operated in faith. He allowed himself to die on the cross because he had enough faith to believe he would be raised on the third day.
We must be grounded and settle in our faith in Jesus Christ and not move away from the hope of God’s word. Faith comes by hearing God’s word. The more word we hear, the stronger our faith in God will become. Faith is our foundation. We have to be steadfast and immovable in our faith in the Word of God.