And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:2-4 ESV
This goes back to the very beginning of this Prophets Cry, HOW LONG O LORD? How long, O LORD, must I call for help but You do not hear, or cry out to You, “Violence!” but You do not save? (Habakkuk 1:2) The bible says that God also has an appointed time for everything. “For everything, there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) God is always on time and there are many examples of people in the Bible, who patiently waited for God to move in their life. There is a space between when God promises something and the delivery of that blessing, or curse. That space between the promise and the delivery of the promise is called FAITH. Two of the greatest of the Christian Faith; David and Abraham know about the SPACE BETWEEN God’s promise and the delivery of the promise. In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, the Lord had instructed Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to anoint Israel’s next king. As the youngest boy in Jesse’s family, David was regarded as irrelevant. His father did not even bother to call him to meet Samuel. But when Samuel considered Jesse’s seven older sons, God rejected them all. The prophet asked if Jesse had any other sons, and then David, who was out tending sheep, was called and Samuel anointed him. As is often the case, God chose the least likely candidate). We are not told precisely how old David was at this time, but we know he was just a boy, probably between 10–15 years of age. “David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years” (2 Samuel 5:4). About 19 years, THE SPACE BETWEEN- it took much FAITH for David to honor God in the SPACE BETWEEN.
Leader, If you study the Bible you will see God make a promise to someone and then there is a space in between that Promise and the delivery- and what really makes the person who they are, is what they do in that space. Do they demonstrate FAITH or do they start to doubt God and start playing God. Are you wanting to HELP GOD and figure things out? Putting things on your TIMELINE, instead of Gods? O YE OF LITTLE FAITH. “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.” Sarai was 90, when God promised Abram that He would be the Father of many nations. So Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the fulfillment of God’s promise. In that 25 years between the time that Abram was promised a son and the birth of Isaac, Abram and Sarah had certain ideas of how they might facilitate the keeping of the promise. One was that Abraham’s steward, Eliezer, would become the heir of Abraham’s household (Genesis 15:2–3). And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:4-6) The other was to play God and take things into their own “hands”, and do the work that God was not doing, could not do, or maybe never would do. Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. (Genesis 16:1-2)
Conduit, do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 Peter 3:8-10) God’s timing is PERFECT. God sits above TIME, God is NOT controlled by the constraints of time and GOD IS ALWAYS ON TIME! They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them. (Revelation 6:10-11) God is looking for people OF GREAT FAITH. What demonstrates that FAITH, is how we manage the TIME BETWEEN the promise and the delivery of THE PROMISE. Our job is to ACT AS IF, the promise has been fulfilled and NOT LOSE HOPE. We must remember 2 things. 1: God said HE IS WITH US, no matter where we are in the SPACE BETWEEN; For God promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 2: God’s timing is PERFECT and PURPOSEFUL. When we function on God’s timing, it does two things: It grows our faith as we are forced to wait and trust in God and it makes certain that He alone gets the glory and praise for pulling us through. But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! O LORD let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame. (Psalm 31:14-17) Amen. Today ACT AS IF, and have FAITH in this SPACE BETWEEN!