VIDEO The Patience To Wait for the Vision

Though it tarries, wait for it… —Habakkuk 2:3

Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, nor because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God. “…he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue— he is devoted to God Himself. You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it. Things come to you with greatness and add vitality to your life because everything is energized by God. He may give you a time spiritually, with no word from Himself at all, just as His Son experienced during His time of temptation in the wilderness. When God does that, simply endure, and the power to endure will be there because you see God.

“Though it tarries, wait for it….” The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have already grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. The psalmist said, “What shall I render to the Lord…? I will take up the cup of salvation…” (Psalm 116:12-13). We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, “Now I’ve got it! Now I am completely sanctified. Now I can endure.” Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. Paul said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…” (Philippians 3:12). If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing. But if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience. Beware of the danger of spiritual relaxation.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The Bible is the only Book that gives us any indication of the true nature of sin, and where it came from. The Philosophy of Sin, 1107 R


Trusting God in Difficult Times – Habakkuk 2 Meditation by Tim Keller

Longing for a Home

Pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

Anne, the lead character in the Anne of Green Gables stories, longed for a family. Orphaned, she had lost hope of ever finding a place to call home. But then she learned that an older man named Matthew and his sister Marilla would take her in. On the buggy ride to their home, Anne apologized for chattering on and on, but Matthew, a quiet man, said, “You can talk as much as you like. I don’t mind.” This was music to Anne’s ears. She felt no one had ever wanted her around, much less wanted to hear her chatter. After arriving, her hopes were dashed when she learned the siblings had thought they were getting a boy to help as a farmhand. She feared being returned, but Anne’s longing for a loving home was met when they made her a part of their family.

We’ve all had times when we felt unwanted or alone. But when we become a part of God’s family through salvation in Jesus, He becomes for us a secure home (Psalm 62:2). He delights in us and invites us to talk with Him about everything: our worries, temptations, sorrows, and hopes. The psalmist tells us we can “find rest in God” and “pour out [our] hearts to him” (vv. 5, 8).

Don’t hesitate. Talk to God as much as you like. He won’t mind. He delights in our hearts. In Him you’ll find a home.

By:  Anne Cetas

Reflect & Pray

What circumstances have caused you to make God your home? What do you want to talk to Him about?

Help me, God, not to hold back in talking with You when I’ve got something on my heart. Thank You for Your listening ear.

Jesus Promised to Return

PRAY OVER THIS:

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”  (Revelation 21:1)

PONDER THIS:

Take your Bible and read the first two chapters. You won’t find any devil there. Read the last two chapters of the Bible and you won’t find any devil there. Habakkuk 2:14 gives this promise, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” The reason that everything’s such a mess today is things are out of place. Think about it. The Church is the bride, but the bride belongs with the groom. We’re not yet with Him. Jesus is the King, and the King belongs on the throne. He’s not yet ruling. The devil is a criminal; he belongs in prison. He’s not yet there. But one day soon, the bride’s going to be with the Groom. One of these days the King’s going to be on the throne, and one of these days the devil’s going to be in prison. What a day that will be. That is the day we are to watch and hope for.

  • How does it shape your daily perspective to remember that Jesus has promised to return and rule forever?
  • What would you do differently today if you truly believed that?

PRACTICE THIS:

Make a list of ways you might live differently if you truly believed Jesus could return soon. Take action to make changes to align with this list today.

Religious But Lost

Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? — Mark 10:17

The story of the rich young ruler (in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18) is addressed specifically not to the bum, not to the criminal, not to the person in the jailhouse, but to those who regularly frequent the church sanctuary. It is directed toward the religious-but-lost category, of which there are millions in our country today.

It is directed toward those who are respectable, reverent, and worshipful. They are not out on the beach on Sunday mornings, but they are frequently at the house of God, offering prayer and praise—at least most do. These religious-but-lost individuals are not in jail, not stretched out with a hangover or some kind of drug addiction. They are respectable, well-dressed, well-traveled, well-accoutered, and rich.

It is a tragedy to be religious but lost. Many in our churches today are. They need to see that they are sinners, and their sins will be punished. Either they let Jesus take the punishment due to their sins, or they will be punished for them. One or the other.

Question to ponder: Do you know anyone who may be ‘religious but lost.’ What can you do to try to help them to see Christ and Him crucified?

A Sense of the Presence

When he came down from the mount…Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. —Exodus 34:29

I have met a few of God’s saints who appeared to have this holy brightness upon them, but they did not know it because of their humility and gentleness of spirit. I do not hesitate to confess that my fellowship with them has meant more to me than all of the teaching I have ever received.

I do stand deeply indebted to every Bible teacher I have had through the years, but they did little but instruct my head. The brethren I have known who had this strange and mysterious quality and awareness of God’s Person and Presence instructed my heart.

Do we understand what a gracious thing it is to be able to say of a man, a brother in the Lord, “He is truly a man of God”? He doesn’t have to tell us that, but he lives quietly and confidently day by day with the sense of this mysterious, awe-inspiring Presence that…means more than all the glib tongues in the world! ICH072-073

Nothing is necessary for you in maintaining a triumphant Christian life but just to…put yourself in where the power is. Come unto God, unite yourself to God, and the doing power you have is infinite!and none the less yours because it is

His. JAS275

The Secret of Survival

The diligent hand will rule, but laziness will lead to forced labor.—Proverbs 12:24

We need to make clear the difference between diligence and obstinacy. I know people who have experienced spiritual shipwreck because they didn’t know the difference between these two things. When asked to clarify the difference between perseverance and obstinacy, a student wrote: “One is a strong will and the other is a strong won’t.” Diligence is dogged perseverance; obstinacy is dogged inflexibility and self-will.

A man whose life was full of promise as far as the Christian ministry was concerned now spends his days in depression because he did not know the difference between these two things. He set out on a project that he thought was God’s will for him, and when things started to go wrong, instead of checking his guidance, he continued to press on and ended up in failure. Those who loved him, and were more objective, urged him to give up as what he was doing was clearly not the will of God. However, he did not have the wisdom to realize that what he was doing was not being diligent but obstinate. Now he lives in perpetual disillusionment.

When Jesus came to Calvary, He said, “I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do” (Jn 17:4). Note the word “You.” There were many who would have liked Jesus to do this and that, to go here and go there, but He did only what the Father required Him to do. Saying “yes” to God’s will and pursuing it is diligence. Saying “yes” to a thing that is not God’s will and pursuing that is obstinacy. We had better learn the difference.

Prayer

Father, I see how important it is to be clear about these two issues. Help me differentiate between diligence and obstinacy so that at the end of my time here on earth I, too, will be able to say, “I have finished the work which You have given me to do.” Amen.

Further Study

Mt 25:14-30; 7:26; Jms 2:14

What was Jesus’ teaching in the parable of the talents?

Why were the two who multiplied the talents successful?

Footprints in the Morning

Mark 1:32-37

That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and

demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. (Mark 1:32-34).

Early morning in Capernaum the earth around Peter’s house was marked by many sandals. Last night’s events could be read in the footprints. The trail of a single shoe dragged along. The distinct imprint of a stick accompanying each footstep. The uneven markings of a blind person, indicating a groping movement toward one spot. Hundreds of sandal marks, some in patterns of four where men had carried a stretcher. Some bare footprints. All were the footprints of those searching hard for a miracle, for deliverance. Last night in this very spot around Peter the fisherman’s cottage, they found what they were looking for.

That morning Peter gazed at one distinctive pair of footprints cutting across the patterned terrain. A long time before daybreak Jesus had made these footprints as He moved toward some chosen spot of quiet rendezvous with His Father. Perhaps He was now in the crevice of a rock on the seashore, the constant rhythm of the sea on the beach accentuating His communal words.

It was this morning as it would be throughout the next three crowded years. People would follow Him with such anxious yearning, such intense needs, that He would have few undisturbed hours for meditation or reflection. The footprints of Jesus were those of a man who had much to do, and not much time in which to do it as He constantly crossed and crisscrossed the crowded ways of life.

He also walks across our crowded ways. If only people knew of His availability. The lonely soul in some spiritual Sahara would discover a relationship that would transform loneliness into shared companionship. Out of the crowded corridors of life would emerge one who would be there, not always to silence the turmoil of our despair, but to breathe tranquility into our sound-soaked settings.

When Peter found Him that morning, he said, “Everyone is looking for You”

(Mark 1:37) Jesus knew then, and knows now, that the strength He had already gathered before sunrise would be shared with that waiting world, available to all who need and call upon Him.

Arthur R. Pitcher, The War Cry