The appointed time of fulfillment
By Ivan Ho 19 Nov 2020
When God speaks to you prophetically in a dream, in a vision, how should you respond to it? Most people have no idea and just carry on business as usual. Over time when nothing seems to happen they dismiss or forget about it.
God spoke to Habakuk the prophet that shows us some important principles.
1. Write down the vision
That is perhaps the easiest thing to do but a lot of people don’t do it. We don’t have to understand or try to interpret the dream which is a revelation about some future events or revelation about what is in God’s heart. There are things that God knows that we don’t and God is bringing revelation in the form of dreams and visions. The first step we need to do is write down as we receive them. If we don’t we will forget about it over time. Last year I browsed through the journal of dreams I wrote down 3 years ago which I have totally forgotten about it. I didn’t even remember I had this dream but thank God I wrote it down.
2. Respond to God by communicating with him
Habakuk says: I will watch and see what he will say to me and how I will answer when I am reproved. (Hab 2:1) We want God to speak to us and when he does we don’t respond and that’s why we don’t hear further. When he speaks he is opening a conversation with us but if we don’t answer in the correct manner the dialogue would be cut short, and we wonder why God doesn’t speak further? He will reveal more over the cause of time when we continue to communicate with him.
3. Wait for the appointed time of fulfillment
The appointed time is the time set by God for the fulfillment of the vision. When God spoke he has already planted a seed which would germinate over time until it comes to fruition. Some people abort the dream prematurely because they fail to see things happen according to their time frame. God’s time is not our time. There is an appointed time of fulfillment which is never a day too early or too late. Though it may tarry but it will surely come to past at the appointed time. (Hab 2:2) Impatience will lead you to make wrong decisions. Waiting on God with expectation is part of the process we must go through.
3. Faith develops if we hold on to the dream without wavering
It is during time of waiting that character is formed and faith develops in us. Sometimes when things happen that seem to contradict with what God says, it’s not time to give up. A person of faith doesn’t give up during times of testing. A person who lacks faith, on the other hand, would walk away from God’s dream and settle for immediate compromise. Often times, the enemy offers an alternative pathway which looks really attractive that would lead many to walk away from God’s calling and destiny for their lives
The just shall live by FAITH. (Hab 2:4)
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. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:1-4 KJV