In this study of Habakkuk chapter two, we look at how God answers the concerns of the prophet about dealing with evil. In chapter 1, God had told him that He was going to use the Babylonians to conquer Judah and the prophet questioned the use of such an evil people.
"I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint." NIV translation
At the end of chapter one, Habakkuk had asked the Lord what He was going to do about the evil of Babylon.
Here, we see that he is watching and waiting for God's answer. This verse teaches us a lot about prayer and we see that, if we have questions, we should freely ask them of God. The prophet simply did not have the answer to the puzzling question of how God could use the evil Babylonians.
He asked the question and then waited for God's answer. Many follow that pattern but we also see from this verse that it was not a passive waiting.
The picture that we see here is of a guard walking his rounds and protecting what was entrusted to him. That reminds us that we are to put into action the things that God has shown us while we wait for Him to show us what we do not understand. We also see that the prophet knows that God has the answer and is confident that God heard and will answer him.
"Then the Lord replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'" NIV translation
God began His reply by telling the prophet to write it down on tablets so that it could be read and acted upon. The running with it speaks to the fact that it was meant to be read, understood, and acted upon. The same is true for us today in that God wants us to not only read His word but to put it into practical action in our lives. This is also what James was urging us to do in his letter (see James 1:22-25).