Advent 2017 Daily meditations

Habakkuk 2:1-5

“Write the vision distinctly upon a tablet, that he who reads it may flee. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, and it will come up at the end, and it will not be in vain; if he should tarry, wait for him, for he will surely come, and he will not tarry.

Oh what a joy to know: He will surely come! Thanks be to God!

He will not tarry!!! He will not be late!

As they say: “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always on time!”

And because we know this, we ought climb up to our watchtower and stand at our guardpost. There we will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer our complaint.

Oh yes! Our complaints are real. Our complaints are valid. And since the omniscient God knows our complaints already, we might as well own them…right?!

I mean: how can we look around today and not have complaints?

With evil in high places…with hatred and bigotry and misogyny run amuck…with chattel slavery’s return, certainly there are complaints. I know I have them…

Closer to home, maybe things aren’t going the way you think they should be going in your personal and professional life. Maybe you’ve been righteous – not just “good” – and feel mistreated and abused. Surely you have complaints…

But do you want an answer? Are you eager to have an answer to your complaint? Like Jacob wrestling with God, are you determined to have an answer?

If so, then you would climb that ladder of divine ascent up to your watchtower and stand watch – eagerly awaiting the Lord’s Coming.

Where are the areas where you have begun trusting in yourself, like the proud? What areas in your life is greed keeping you dissatisfied?

Identify them, so that you might be prepared for when He surely comes!

For more on the Ladder of Divine Ascent, see the first post in this series

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