Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 2:1-4
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time, it speaks of the end and it will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
After Habakkuk asked God a series of questions, he awaited for God to answer — “I will stand 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” (v. 1). It is difficult to wait on the Lord; but listen to this promise — “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Habakkuk knew God was going to answer him in His own time.
Then God spoke to Habakkuk — “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (v. 2). God was about to give Habakkuk a divine revelation and He wanted Habakkuk to write it down. This is the very nature of the inspiration of God’s Word. God revealed His word to certain human beings who in turn wrote it down. This is what gives the Bible its authority. The Scripture is God-breathed — “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
Because the Scripture is God-breathed, it carries divine authority — “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:20,21).
God’s Word can be trusted for what it says is certain and it will come to pass — “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” (v. 3). God’s purpose in His word will be accomplished and fulfilled in God’s own timing. God will do what He says He will do. The Scripture is trustworthy!
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).
Lord God, thank You for Your Word. Thank You, O Holy Spirit, for inspiring men to write down exactly what You intended to be preserved in the Scripture. Thank You that I can believe what You say in the Bible. I know it is trustworthy and that I can count my life on what it says.
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