Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RUN WITH THE VISION

Hab 2:1-3

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth it. For 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. (Emphasis added)

That he may run that reads it. What does that part mean? We see the vision and then we are to run. Remember the first line is describing a watchman standing on the tower of a walled city. He is the sentry watching for the approach of any to the city. He is watching for the friendly forces to return from battle, or for the invited guests to arrive, or to determine when strangers are coming, whether they are friend or foe. So when he sees this vision, he is to run and inform or alert the inhabitants of the city. There is something on the horizon. There is someone approaching. He is the messenger.

In the verses above the vision is written upon tablets, so this vision was permanent and meant to be a long term watchword. When the LORD writes on tables, they are made of flesh and called human hearts. (2Co 3:3) This is His method of giving us indelible impressions of hope and faith and joy. So our part is to ensure that our hearts remain pliable to Him, that we may always read the visionary messages that He has written there.

Now when we examine Hebrews chapter 10 we see part of the verse from Habakkuk, but the vision has been replaced by the Person for whom we are to wait, the Lord of our lives Who has been written on our hearts, not with ink, but by the Holy Spirit:

Heb 10:35-39

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

So we receive the vision on our hearts. We trust that the Lord is not tarrying. We open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to receive Him, and let the vision of Jesus Christ our Lord fill us with eager anticipation. He poured out His soul unto death, so we keep this firmly fixed in our hearts when the troubles and trials of life beset us, and it seems like the vision has faded. The time is short now, the vision is approaching. The time is at hand. He is at hand, even at the door. It is time for us to run who read the vision on our hearts. It is time to sound the trumpet. Come Lord Jesus!

Heb 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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