Week 4- Perspective with Certainty
Hanging On Requires We Trust God’s Perspective with Certainty!
What if we were not limited by time or space? What if we could see from the beginning of time to the end of time? How would that change our perspective on life? God can! The question is, can you trust Him?
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 complaint. 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 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.
If time travel were real where would you want to go and why?
When you were a child, what were some things you had to wait for?
How did you handle the waiting period?
Was trust ever an issue in the midst of your waiting? If so, in what ways?
Have a volunteer read Habakkuk 2:1-3
What does the Lord’s answer communicate about the His knowledge of future events?
Why does the Lord tell Habakkuk and his people to wait?
What does trust have to do with waiting on the Lord in this passage?
In what circumstances in your life are you having to wait in faith for the Lord to bring His justice? How can this group encourage you in your waiting?
Ask the Father to help you live by faith in the Son of God, who loved you and gave Himself for you. Pray for strength from the Holy Spirit to resist the pride of this world and to love others as Jesus has so fiercely loved us.
2:2. God spoke to his waiting servant and told Habakkuk to write down the revelation. The word revelation is a translation of the Hebrew chazon, which means literally, “something seen.” The term may refer to a visionary experience or as in this case to receiving (seeing) a prophetic revelation. Tablets were most likely made of baked clay which, once dried, preserved the writing. Herald is literally “the one calling out, proclaiming, or reading.” Either the herald reads the message and then runs to share it or proclaims it as he is running. Some have taken run to represent the reader as living in obedience to the message, yet the former interpretation seems preferable. In summary, God’s message was to be clearly recorded, preserved, and proclaimed to all.
2:3. Habakkuk was told to wait patiently. Though it may take a while, the following prophecy of Babylon’s doom would certainly be fulfilled at the appointed time. The prophet had asked how God could use such a wicked nation to punish Judah. In the following verses God explained to the prophet that after he has used Babylon as his instrument of judgment on Judah and other nations, he will judge Babylon for its sins. God is just after all. The word end may refer not only to the termination of Babylon’s savage rule, but to the eschatological end when God’s victory over wickedness is complete.