Read and Run

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.

Habakkuk 2:1-2

In the first verse, Habakkuk says that he is going to really pay attention to what the Lord is going to say to Him.  He is going to, as the saying goes, “sit up and pay attention.”  In the second verse, we find out what the Lord has said to him.

He says “write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”  Write this down.  And make it plain.  I think that the phrase “that he may run that readeth it” has to do with confidence.  The New Testament likens the Christian life to running a race in a couple of different places.  You can’t run the race with no confidence.  If are constantly wondering where you are going and are not sure what the rules of the race are, you are not going to run a good race.  You are going to be hesitant and you will likely stumble more than once.  But if you have confidence, you can “keep your eyes on the prize.  You can focus on the goal of the race.

That is what the Bible does for us.  God wrote down His Words for us that we might know “the certainty of the words of truth…” (Proverbs  22:21)  When we have that certainty, we can run with confidence.  That is why it is vitally important to read and study the Bible.  We can know what God’s will for us is.  We can know exactly what He expects from us.  We can know exactly what He has done and will do for us.  We can run the race He has set before us.

We need to get in the Bible, read what it says, and run forward for Him!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Amen! I whole heartedly agree. Thank you for helping us get more into the Word with your devotionals. They are practical and encouraging. I like how you don’t shy away from the “difficult” books… ie. Habakkuk :). I’ve been blessed by what you’ve shared.

    And really… the “difficult” books have just as much practical truth and help in them as the others. You keep showing us that. THANKS!


    • Thanks! I have found that too. The “difficult” books are sometimes the best. I think it’s human nature to want to shy away from books that contain a lot of verses about judgment and chastening, but there is so much good and encouraging stuff in them. And with our society the way it is, it seems like these books were written directly to us!


  2. ps… I keep meaning to look up the writer of “Happiness Is”, but every time I go into my music studio I forget :P. That’s where my book is that has that song in it. Maybe one of these days I’ll remember.


  3. Thank you for this one! I don’t think I would’ve gotten as much out of it without your help . . .especially that run part. 🙂 God bless you as you run forward with Him too!


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