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…
This word is the one word which the Divine wisdom often seems to utter in rebuke of human impatience. God is never in haste.
I. THE DIVINE PROCEEDINGS ARE SLOW.
1. The history of the earth illustrates this principle. Creation was the work of long eras.
2. There is something in the movement of the seasons tending to remind us of this great law. How silently and slowly winter retires before spring, and spring gives place to summer and autumn. To the Divine mind that orders it all there is a majesty in slowness.
3. The history of all life conveys the same lesson. Life, whether in plants or animals, is everywhere a growth; and all growth is silent, gradual, — so gradual as not to be perceived. The education of an individual is slow; the education of a people must be very slow.
II. GUARD AGAINST IMPATIENCE IN JUDGING THE WAYS OF GOD, AND KNOW HOW TO WAIT. Religion, revealed religion, includes much in harmony with these facts of nature and providence.
1. Note the long interval which was to pass between the promise of a Saviour and His advent.
2. So, when the Saviour did come, the manner of His coming was not such as the thoughts of men would have anticipated. The kingdom of heaven was to come without observation.
3. It is not without mystery to many minds that the history of revealed religion since the advent should have been such as it has been. We might have anticipated that the doctrine of Christ would be retained in its purity, and that its subduing power would be everywhere felt. But on reflection we find analogy suggesting that this was by no means probable.
4. If we descend from the general life of the Church to the spiritual history of the individual believer, we may find much there to remind us that the experience of the Church at large, and the Christian taken separately, are regulated by the same intelligence. With regard to much of our Personal history, we are expected to wait for the revelations of God.
(Robert Vaughan, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.