Habakkuk 2:1-2

Passage: 

"I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the Lord answered me: 'Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it" (Habakkuk 2:1-2).

 

Question: 

I will be leading a Sunday School tomorrow on Destiny.

Comment: 

Well, I'm not Amazon; I can't promise overnight delivery. So this reply is after your Sunday School experience. I'm sure it was terrific.

You asked about Habakkuk 2:2; I've included verse 1 to complete the thought. The Book of Habakkuk begins with an extended dialogue between the prophet and the Lord, of which this is a part. The underlying question (as pertinent now as then) is: Why does a good Lord allow evil to express in the world? The question can be read in terms of the world at large, of course. But when we move to a metaphysical perspective, we understand the imagery in terms of our own inner conflicts. Why are we not content to live in the good? Why do fear-based thoughts have the power to distract us if we live in the Allness of a divinity of Good?

Verse 2 is the beginning of the reply of the Lord. Basically I understand it as "Write this down; I'm not going to say it again." The ultimate answer is that events and thoughts unfold in divine time, which may not correspond to our expectations. Our darker consciousness may seem to serve our needs—and even to be successful. But choices have consequences, and in divine time the consequences will express. Meantime, "the righteous shall live by his faith" (2:4), the faith being that Good is the only reality.

I find it interesting that the Lord wants his message written "plain upon tablets" and placed by busy highways, so that passersby ('he who runs) can see it.

Blessings!

Rev. Ed