This past Sunday my pastor, Nick Honerkamp, reminded us that even our enemies have a purpose in our lives.
Habakkuk reminded the Lord that he and his people were surrounded by the enemy and were in need of his help. When was he going to deliver them?
God told him: Paraphrase: When they have succeeded in getting out of you everything I have purposed and allowed them to.
Have you been crying out to God, “When God, when? Why God, Why?
When am I going to be picked up by an agent, a publisher? Why are they published and not me? I am a better writer.
Sometimes agents and editors can appear to be a writer’s worst enemy. Foiling you at every turn, they do not recognize your great turn of phrase, your terrific plot, and un-believable characters.
But they serve a grand purpose.
Habakkuk was wise. He enquired of the Lord.
Habakkuk 2:1, I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this.
He waited and the Lord answered him.
Habakkuk 2:2, And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
So that he may run that readeth it. For an appointed time.
I am a doer. I find it hard to wait. I am a fixer, surely I can help God out with this one. WAIT.
Wait Diana, for the appointed time. HARD to do. Lord. The publishers – they publish others, and Lord, THIS is worthy. Why not this? NOW.
Then they that read it can run with it. It will be a help to them in time of trouble, discouragement, or weariness.
Wait, for the appointed time.
Now Lord. Surely it is now.
Wait. Just a little longer. And in time, it will speak.
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
It will come, right on time. Position yourself for it.