“Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
Today, there are many people who utilize to-do lists. They can be very beneficial to one’s everyday schedule. The list is created to “tell us what to do”. To-do lists help us recognize the tasks we have, prioritize our assignments and it keeps us organized. There is something freeing about writing things down to help us get through our most busy and stressful days. Actually, the concept of the kind of organization is also modeled for us in the Bible.
When we follow God’s biblical example of organization, we remove the burden of chaos in our lives.
There are multiple places in the bible where there was a command to document what God was saying. Revelation 1:19, Jeremiah 30:2 and Isaiah 30:8. Here we see God instruct the prophet Habakkuk to “write the vision”. Habakkuk was waiting on an answer from the Lord regarding his prayer for peace from the Chaldeans in Habakkuk 1. The key is to understand the importance of why God gives instructions to write down what He reveals to you.
The first reason is so that it won’t be forgotten (Recognize). In Habakkuk 2:3, God tells the prophet “the vision waits it’s appointed time” (ESV). As time passes we will likely forget the answer God provides to our prayers. When you obey His command to write the vision you can refer back to it and rest in seeing the promises he has made. Often times, things that are spoken becomes in after thought but what is written remains permanent.
The second is for the benefit of others to be edified (Prioritize). “Make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it – Habakkuk. 2:2. God tells Habakkuk to make the vision plain as in to write it clearly so that a person can easily understand it. This, in turn, will help you as a believer rely on God’s truth instead of your own unreliable feelings – Proverbs 3:5.
Lastly, God’s instructions to write is important because it helps to prepare us (Organize) for what is to come. Habakkuk 2:3 says “though it lingers wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay”. The Lord tells Habakkuk that even though the vision will not be fulfilled right away it is still coming to pass. When we know what to expect in our future its gives us time to prepare ourselves for the outcome.
Be intentional to hearing God speak and write the vision. God has proved that there are promises tied to it when we obey.