I work hard. I work hard for my family. I work hard in my career. I work hard for the Kingdom. And I work especially hard at making my dreams come true.
I am completely unashamed to admit that here because I know that you work hard too. But what do you do when you work hard and see little to no progress? What do you do when you are giving it your all, but it seems that your efforts are all in vain?
Do you throw in the towel? Do you give up? Do you choose to stop pursuing your dreams because it's too much effort with too little payoff, and then spend your evening watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram instead?
It can be so tempting to look at others who seem to be doing exactly what you wish you could be doing, wondering how they got there, and why you aren't there yet. It can be easy too, once you're in that mindset, to just give up and decide that it's never going to happen for you.
But that isn't what Scripture tells us to be true.
In the book of Habakkuk, the prophet-author spent a long season of prayer and petitioning, waiting upon the Lord, even when no one else around him felt the same. He says that he stood watch faithfully, awaiting an answer from the Lord. Habakkuk knew that God's promises are to be trusted, even when it looks like hope isn't on the way.
When Habakkuk says "it will not delay," he doesn't literally mean that it will happen immediately; he means that it will happen with certainty.
Our God is faithful, and He exalts our efforts for His kingdom in due time. If God has given you a vision, a God-dream, something to work toward for the glory of His Kingdom and the goodness of others, you can believe with unwavering faith that it will come to fruition in due time.
Do not give up on the hard work you're putting in today, even if you cannot see the fruits of it tomorrow. We are called to embrace small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10) and to continue doing good work without growing weary (Galatians 6:9).
So let's be like Habakkuk, choosing not to let our impatience deter us from our callings, but rather, let's determine to live by His faithfulness and be people of great faith (Habakkuk 2:4).