The vision is yet for
an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though
it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
The faith that strengthened Habakkuk and all the holy and the just
in those days of deep trial was the same faith that sustains God's
people today. In the darkest hours, under circumstances the most forbidding,
the Christian believer may keep his soul stayed upon the source of
all light and power. Day by day, through faith in God, his hope and
courage may be renewed. . . . In the service of God there need be
no despondency, no wavering, no fear. The Lord will more than fulfill
the highest expectations of those who put their trust in Him. He will
give them the wisdom their varied necessities demand.
Of the abundant provision
made for every tempted soul, the apostle Paul bears eloquent testimony.
To him was given the divine assurance, "My grace is sufficient
for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." In gratitude
and confidence the tried servant of God responded: "Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." 2 Cor.
We must cherish and cultivate
the faith of which prophets and apostles have testified--the faith
that lays hold on the promises of God and waits for deliverance in
His appointed time and way. The sure word of prophecy will meet its
final fulfillment in the glorious advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ, as King of kings and Lord of lords. The time of waiting may
seem long, the soul may be oppressed by discouraging circumstances,
many in whom confidence has been placed may fall by the way; but with
the prophet who endeavored to encourage Judah in a time of unparalleled
apostasy, let us confidently declare, "The Lord is in his holy
temple: let all the earth keep silence before him."
Let us ever hold in remembrance
the cheering message, "The vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait
for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. . . . The
just shall live by his faith."
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