December 19—Waiting and Watching
“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.” Habakkuk 2:1 (Full context: Habakkuk 1-3)
In a time and age where we want things to happen within the snap of a finger, waiting is hard. Honestly, waiting is one of the hardest things for me to do in life. Habakkuk complained about all the evil and wickedness happening in his world, he couldn’t understand why God seemed to be silent about the wickedness in his society (Habakkuk 1:1-4). He asked questions and sought for instant answers. He didn’t get an instant answer, but the assurance of God’s unchanging might and faithfulness created a strong harness of trust in Habakkuk. Soon he realized that the Lord was going to do something extraordinary and all he needed to do was to wait and watch patiently (Habakkuk 2:1).The moment Habakkuk decided to wait, He didn’t just lie down in his bed awaiting the Lord’s response, he was proactive, he put up an aptitude of expectation to receive a message from God, fully focused on God and waiting to hear from God. At the right time God responded.
What are you trusting God for? How long have you been waiting? Just like Habakkuk, we need to learn to wait, we need to put our faith and focus in God alone, and not in our circumstances or our ideal situations. As believers, we have an assurance that our Messiah is in control and He will come forth for us. He will come in an amazing manner, His coming will be like a brilliant sunrise, mountains will tremble, the sun and moon will stand still in the sky, and he will redeem us. (Habakkuk 3:3-15).
While waiting, we need to prayerfully watch and stay attuned to the Word of God, because the Lord wants us to actively seek for ways to obey him in what he already asked us to do. And, at the right time He will help us overcome obstacles that seemed impossible. Never give up! Keep watching and keep waiting.
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