2 Then the LORD answered me and said:
“ Write the vision And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
4 “ Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
Faith has to be lived to be true faith. As James said, "Faith without works is dead." Paul said, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." The vision here referred to, is a vision defined by the Word of God, not a man-centred one.
God has spoken and men have written down the heavenly vision in the pages of the Bible It is a plain vision that simply requires obedient assent; God has commanded such and such, therefore I must order my life according to that which God has commanded.
2:14 For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
This is the confidence that we are to have; a glorious vision that we are moving towards; a day when the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord; when nation after nation obediently embraces the commandments of Jesus, and justice and righteousness truly prevails over sin.
3:2 O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.
Judgement will begin at the house of God, as God cleanses the lands, their people, and cleanses the New Testament temple in the midst of the nations. Yet God shall have mercy upon those who sigh and cry concerning the sins of the nations. In the midst of the judgements of God, we are to rehearse the vision, and take comfort in the knowledge that:
3:17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labour of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.