Topic: We Must Be Alert and Watch in Prayer in order to Hear What God Has for Our Future.
I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
Habakkuk 2:1 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 21-22 / John 14
Habakkuk 2: 1 (NLT) – 1 I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.
Habakkuk 2: 1 (NIV) – 1 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.
Habakkuk 2: 1 (MSG) – 1 What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint.
Thoughts of Devotion:
The prophet Habakkuk knew the secret of how to receive God’s revelation regarding the situation he was facing. First of all, he was alert, firm and determined to listen to what God has to say, to be attentive to the divine plans that he needed to face his dilemma! He was not to be moved, he did not allow discouragement, or doubt to move him from his vigilant position. In 1 Corinthians 16:13 we read, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” This was exactly what the Prophet Habakkuk was doing, and as a result he received a clear vision for his future.
After having persisted and watched in prayer, God answered the prophet! In Habakkuk 2: 2 it tells us, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” His perseverance was rewarded, his much cry and tears, and nights of being in vigil bore fruit, it was not in vain. Now Habakkuk had a clear and written vision of what God wanted to do with him and his people. There was no longer any doubt and fear as a result of the crisis that God’s people were experiencing. Habakkuk had prayed, persevered! And God did not fail him, He came to his rescue.
This morning we can do the same, today we can receive God’s vision for the days to come! All we have to do is take a posture of prayer, intercession and tenacity until the moment that the Holy Spirit fully reveals to us his plans and divine will. Psalm 5: 2–3 gives us a model for this prayer, “Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.” This must be our prayer, our cry every morning, and we must be able to wait as long as it takes in his presence! Amen.
Isaiah 21: 6 (NKJV) – 6 For thus has the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees.”
Isaiah 21: 8 (NKJV) – 8 Then he cried, “A lion, my Lord! I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime; I have sat at my post every night.
Isaiah 62: 6–7 (NKJV) – 6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, 7 And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Numbers 9: 8 (NKJV) – 8 And Moses said to them, “Stand still, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”
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