Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NIV)
A Prophetic Word: "An Appointed Time"
A prophetic word always edifies, exhorts and comforts. To edify is to build up, charge up, and strengthen with new life; To exhort is to minister encouragement, stir up, and motivate believers to fulfill the will of God in their lives; and, to comfort is to soothe in time of sorrow, heal distress, remove hurt in a time of sadness, and overcome despair. It does not criticize, judge, or create confusion.
In his distress Habakkuk cried, "How long, O Lord must I call for help?" Today, as during Habakkuk's time, evil and injustice may appear to have the upper hand and we can become discouraged, but we must trust God even when we don't understand why events occur as they do.
We are edified when we realize, just as Habakkuk did, that God is still in control of everything despite what it looks like. And, just as we have a designated time for work, school, and rest, God has an appointed time for everything triumphant in our lives.