What is it we are going to be watching and waiting for in 2015?
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.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
I sense 2015 will be a year of watching and waiting— but for what?
Habakkuk gives us a clue when he says,
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower.”
He calls out to God because of the violence, strife, contention and injustice he sees around him, and asks how long God would suffer it to go on unpunished.
The day Habakkuk lived in is very much like our world today.
That’s what I call what Habakkuk did— inspired waiting. Many Christians around the world have the same sense.
What are they waiting for:
- God’s intentions
It was a perplexing time for Habakkuk just as it is for us— but he has some practical tips to help us during this time.
Watch at the right place. The place where God has put you. Where has God put you? Well, what are we watching for? We are watching for— his answers to our prayer.
Remember— we are not only watching but waiting like Habakkuk did. When the Holy Spirit is leading us to pray, when he gives us his understanding on what he is going to do through us— in our church, in our homes, in our jobs— watch.
Habakkuk was discouraged when he looked around,
When Habakkuk looks around him, it seems the good suffer and the wicked prosper. The Babylonian Empire is threatening to destroy Judah, the Egyptian armies have abandoned their treaty with Jerusalem, and within Judah some of God’s own people are abandoning Him for personal gain.
To be honest we get discouraged too when we look around at our own nation and the world.
Are you discouraged where you are?
Watching and waiting is the same in the Old and New Testaments. As I was studying Habakkuk 1:1-2— the word wait means “standing under”, actively enduring.
Here is a quote from Oswald Chambers,
It is not standing with folded arms doing nothing; it is not saying, “In God’s good time it will come to pass.” By that we often mean, “In my abominably lazy time I let God work.”
Waiting means standing under, in active strength, enduring till the answer comes.
He gives the sense of the type of watching waiting Habakkuk was doing.
Do you ever get to the place where you try to predict how God is going to answer your prayer? I know you would never do that but I have.
Remember Abraham? He used his common sense reasoning to help God out. We do the same thing at times. After Abraham had exhausted his resources God spoke to him.
This time God says to him,
“I am the Almighty God”— El Shaddai— “walk before me and be thou perfect” (Gen. 17:1)
Isn’t it wonderful when God answers our prayers?
But first he has to teach us over and over again how to stand and endure like he did Habakkuk.
Over and over again he teaches us to watch and wait. He’s so longsuffering and patience with us.
“Whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do” (John 1413).
Father in 2015 may we watch and wait to see how you are going to answer our prayers!