December 7

Today's Bible Reading
     II Chronicles 7
     II John l
     Habakkuk 2
     Luke 21
            ''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."  (Habakkuk 2:3-4)
            I cannot speak for you, but I know one of my great weaknesses is a lack of patience and a willingness to wait on God. We know the need is great, and we know we serve a sovereign God. The question is, ''Why does He not act in great victory right now?''
            Verse 4 of our text is probably the book 's key verse. The meaning is that the follower of God, the justified man must live by his faith. This faith is in the Lord God, the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow -the God of eternity. He is the sovereign God, and in this faith, Habakkuk finds his answer.
            Revival did come to Judah, but it also took a great deal of time. Regardless of present difficulties, regardless of tragic circumstances, regardless of seeming unanswered prayers at this moment, as Habakkuk rejoiced, so must we rejoice in the Lord for He is the God of our salvation. He is our strength. In the long run, He will deliver us and allow us to walk in the high hills of final victory and peace.  We must learn to wait on God.
            Now patience is not the same as indifference. Patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is thesource of patience, because it gives us God's true and proper inspiration.
            Moses had the vision; therefore, he was willing to wait on God. Hebrews 11:27 tells us that ''he endured as seeing Him who is invisible." 
            I always want God to act right now. I am have experienced a very lengthy battle with myeloma cancer. My desire was for God to heal me immediately. God must, however, have a Jot more for me to learn, for He is taking His time to give complete healing.  We still trust Him for complete and total healing, but apparently it is taking time.  I must learn to wait on God.
            ''Though it tarries. . .wait for it." The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have already grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. The Psalmist said, ''What shall I render to the Lord . . .?'' (Psalms 116:12- 13)
            We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, ''Now I've got it.  I am completely satisfied."
Our reach must exceed our grasp. We must learn that,though it may be difficult to learn it, God has truths for us to learn. To be more like Him, we must have what we have experienced, but we must also have the inspiration of a vision of God. Beware the danger of spiritual relaxation. Realize that God is using even difficulty to teach you many things about Himself. Learn to wait on God.
            Pray today for the AIDS sufferers in Africa, particularly Kenya. This disease has become a silent disaster and many of us in America are trying to tum our heads. The entire TIME Magazine was recently devoted to the AIDS epidemic of Africa. This is something we do not want to hear about or read about, and yet there are over 730,000 orphans in Kenya alone from AIDS. There are 2,100,000 (13% of the population)infected annually. Pray that Christians may lead a ministry in this area so we can have the opportunity to witness to these people. Progress is being made but we must remain vigilant.
''The more we are humbled by grace, the more we shall be exalted on high.''
Charles Spurgeon