THEME: THE APPOINTED TIME
“Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.”
-God instructed Habakkuk to record a vision that would benefit others at the appointed time. This revelation was not just for himself, but was geared towards strengthening others especially during the Babylonian captivity. Habakkuk had previously complained of the prevalence of the Chaldeans, which God had given him a prospect of; to pacify the people concerning it, and he received further prospect of their fall and ruin, as Isaiah had prophesied before this, when he foretold the captivity in Babylon and its defeat. This vision was to absolve those who read it of their fears and troubles if only they put their trust in the Lord. Those who read it would make rapid strides but they couldn’t make this progress if Habakkuk did not make it plain. It is through visions such as these that we find hope in Christ despite the tribulations that we face. God speaks to us through His word which gives us strength, counsel, hope, conviction, direction and comfort for our souls. The promises of the Lord may seem silent, but at the end they speak and find landing in our hearts if we wait patiently on Him. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”. As the Israelites were tested and tried in faith and patience, to distinguish between the hypocrites and the sincere among them; upon the proud monarchy of king Nebuchadnezzar, we too are called to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will lift us up. There is a time for every purpose under heaven. There is a time, a divine appointment for things in our lives to turn around and become beautiful. We are called to keep believing in God for our victories, successes, breakthroughs in what we are praying for. We note that, before promotion comes, persistence is required; in our prayer lives, praise and faith Christ. When we surrender all our cares, needs and burdens to God, He sustains us and opens many doors for us. We then need to encourage ourselves in the Lord for He can change any situation in our lives. If we believe and hope in the Lord alone, He is going to take care of us, protect us, provide for us, heal our diseases, grant all the desires of our hearts and multiply blessings upon us, our families and nation, for the just shall live by faith.
In You O Lord we put our trust; let us never be put to shame. Deliver us from all evil, in Your righteousness and cause us to escape. Cover us with Your precious blood and hedge of fire and provide for all our needs Holy Spirit. Incline Your ear to us, and save us. Be our Refuge and Strength, and restore us continually. You have promised to save us, bless us and heal us, restore our strength Jesus. You are our Rock and Fortress, bring all Your promises to pass in our lives, families, churches and nation merciful Father. Remember our neighboring nation Tanzania as they go into elections that Your may lead them in Your perfect peace and help them to make the right decisions. Be with the US also as they cast their votes so that Your will Lord may prevail in this nation. As we prepare to go into elections in 2022, lead us and guide us in Your peace. Give us the best leaders that will only follow Your divine will and not the will of men. Find our president and all leaders in Your precepts that they may never depart from You. Deliver us Lord out of the hand of the wicked. Go before us and make all the crooked paths straight Lord. Help us to find favor in You and among men, that we may always succeed and find rest in You. We submit our destinies, future, future plans, hearts desires, projects, dreams and visions in Your hands Lord, prosper us in all Your ways. You have promised to make it happen at the appointed time, do it for us merciful Father we trust in You. You are not a man that You should lie or a son of man that You should repent, make everything beautiful at Your time dear Master. All these we pray believing and trusting in You Lord our God. Amen
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