It’s true that waiting can be excruciating, especially if the news greatly impacts your life. Think of a time when you waited on something with great anticipation. Maybe you were waiting to hear if you received a promotion at work. Or maybe you were waiting to see if you were accepted into the college of your dreams. Maybe you’ve had to wait on some really bad news that you knew would change your life forever.
In Habakkuk 1:12-17, we encounter a troubled prophet asking God pointed questions about Judah’s impending judgment. Chapter 2 then opens with Habakkuk quietly and patiently waiting for God’s response. How long Habakkuk waited on God’s response is uncertain, but it must have been agonizing.
When waiting on God to respond, our sinful inclinations can lead us to become angry or even disinterested. Instead of waiting, we may want to act impulsively, taking matters into our own hands. Waiting is hard, but what makes it easier is knowing God hears every prayer and answers them in the best way possible.
Why do we find it so hard to wait patiently on the Lord (see Isa. 30:18)?