Ah, hope. It is a precious thing. I picture it often as the steel magnolia; beautiful yet impervious. Perhaps that is why I love the surely in the book of Habakkuk that says,
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But in the end it will speak and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come… [2:3]
Oh, but the tarrying.
How it can try our nerves and twist our hearts!
Then my hope must endure all the contradictions to it. And, I think the longer the tarrying, the more we must focus on God’s surely, because that Hebrew word in the text actually means “to come upon or to come to pass.” That our vision is not a “might?” but a “will be!” and my hope must wrap itself around God’s assurance.
God bids us ask, and when we have, and He has answered “Yes,” then we must stand upon that yes for all we’re worth—no matter the obstacles or difficulties that oppose us!
I believe it pleases God when a child of His asks for something that is utterly impossible apart from His omnipotent intervention. When we ‘ask Him for the moon’ so to speak, I think we honor Him. Our asking is worthy of an Almighty King. It is never easy to go out on that kind of limb. It can make us feel quite foolish at times, and unfortunately, there are never any shortage of folks who delight in nothing as much as trampling on the dreams of another.
Small people with even smaller hearts.
But, remember this. Small people think small and so believe for little. They delight in crushing the hopes of those who long to push into the land of impossibilities.
That is why when you ask big you must BELIEVE BIG. You must trust in a BIG GOD who thinks nothing of impossibilities!
When our hope is in His promise. When we ask, and then are willing to wait, no matter how long the fulfillment tarries?
You and I delight Him.
We honor Him.
Then our patience turns to endurance and His promises are perfected in us as well as for us.
“For with God nothing is impossible.”