December 7

Habakkuk 2:1-3, ExpectAnthony Chapple, Junior Warden

By Anthony Chapple

This chapter begins with much anticipation:  “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.”  Can you imagine the anxiety that accompanies a person’s desire to hear God’s response to their petition?  Of course you can.  We have all done it.  It is in our nature as humans to fret and be inpatient, when waiting on the Lord.  But the reading concludes by God responding that “if it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.”  Our faith requires that we be confident in knowing that God will respond.

When I first read this scripture for Advent, I remembered a letter my grandmother wrote 38 years ago.  I was a freshman student at UT.  My grandmother and I were the absolute best of friends and great pen pals.  I have kept 25 years  of letters from her.  Her soul was pure and her words were always meant to comfort.  The confidence that comes from trusting in the Lord, as expressed in today’s reading, is reflected in Grandma’s first letter to me in college.  I read excerpts of her letters at her funeral to comfort and encourage those who assembled in that packed church.  I am sharing it in today’s devotional as encouragement to you, too.

“Take care of yourself and trust God more.  He said He will supply all our needs according to the riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Just when the bread gets low, He sends some from somewhere.  Tell God about it, claim it and forget about what you ask.  May God bless you.  Love you, Grandma.”

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