WATCHING & WAITING
Habakkuk 20 v 1. “What’s God saying to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb up to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my questions.”
Recently I experienced a really unjust situation. There were many hours of pleading and dare I say it, some complaining to God in prayer. The outcome was not want I thought would happen, and this brought confusion, a lot of tears and truthfully, no peace for me. Surely this can’t possibly be God’s response! How can this be? Did God not listen to the outpouring from my heart? Many of us have wondered why at times there is apparently unanswered prayer, or the answer is not what we were expecting. Is God asleep, off duty or tired of listening to us? We know that is definitely not the case.
Habakkuk likens himself to a guard on the city walls, keeping an eye out for what might happen, being diligent in both WAITING and EXPECTING an answer from God – Habakkuk is not cruising along and just expecting God to dump the answer he wants in his lap. He is alert and doing all in his power to discern Gods response, and he is accepting whatever that answer might be. Perhaps we need to be in tune with God more. After all HE knows best! Our days just seem to get cluttered and busy and distracted don’t they? I’m guilty of not always watching and waiting for God’s answer to my prayers. Sometimes I’m not rejoicing when the answer comes (I’m still working on that one). Like Habakkuk, maybe we need to say “I will see what the LORD says and how He will answer”. Perhaps we will find that there are more answers than we first thought, and perhaps we also need to say ‘thy will be done LORD’.
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