October 1

Habakkuk 2:1-4

“For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” vs. 3

Even though Habakkuk saw nothing hopeful in the injustice and the turmoil that surrounded him and cried out in complaint to the Lord, he did not give up hope. We who are his partners in lament would be advised to make his faith our own. Of course Habakkuk was speaking about Israel’s future, but it’s not too much of a stretch to extend that vision to our planet. If that’s the case, people of faith will dare to say in the face of computer modeling and dire predictions of scientists that there is a bright future for our planet. Of course our hope is not built on confidence in human effort, but on our conviction that the universe itself is full of the Divine Presence. There’ll be lots of changes as creation continues to evolve but we’re not going to be abandoned. God doesn’t have a Plan B! Admittedly there are times when that vision seems an impossible dream–often we’re tempted to lose ourselves in despair. But giving up on the vision just isn’t a viable alternative. As Proverbs puts it, “Where there is no vision the people will perish!” We can’t allow the naysayers and skeptics to have the last word–that’s just not who we are as the people of God. We don’t know now how we will survive, but we can’t ever stop believing that we will!

Thought for the Day: What is my hope for the future?

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