In this book, we see Habakkuk bring two separate complaints to the Lord, both with an answer to his complaints from the Lord. Before these verses, Habakkuk's complaint could be summed up as being frustrated that he sees evil and wickedness and hasn't yet seen God come through. I love that in the beginning of Habakkuk 2, Habakkuk prepares himself for the aftermath of his complaint. He seems to believe that he can be honest with God, but understands that he needs to be prepared to be disciplined for his harsh words towards Him. But what's really important here is that he chooses to "look to see what He will say to me". He has an expectation that God will answer him even though he's seen God be silent for a while.
The next two verses are really important for us to grasp, I believe. The Lord asks Habakkuk to write down the revelation He's about to give to him. He wants it written down because it's for the future, but it will feel like it's lingering. But it will "certainly come". This is important in our lives as well. God will speak things to you and you should write them down and put it somewhere that you'll see every day. Remind yourself in every way so that you can hold on to whatever revelation He's given you. We'll talk more about this in a moment.
The following verses are a lot of promises the Lord has to destroy. He talks about future plans to bring destruction to those whose desires are not upright. A verse that is key within all of this is when God says, "How long must this go on?". This tells us a lot of different things. (1) God is waiting for the evil to change their minds. He is patient and just in giving them a chance to change their ways instead of bringing immediate destruction. (2) God isn't ignoring our prayers. His plan and heart is much higher than ours, so when we feel like His waiting isn't right, it's because of a lack of understanding. (3) When destruction comes, it's not without warning. He plans to wait as long as possible without destroying, but he will not let his people suffer the pain of His enemies forever.
Now, what I would suggest for you is to search your heart for what you feel like God has taken a while on in your life that you want Him to move in. You may not have complete understanding of the situation, but God does. Take a moment to ask God what you haven't trusted Him to come through on. Then ask Him for more understanding. Lastly, ask Him for the patience to wait even when you don't fully understand. Write down the key things from this time and put them every where that you'll see it - remind yourself over and over that the Lord is faithful and He will come through for you!
- Michele Houston