Advice from Habakkuk on Seeing What God Says
Habakkuk 2:1 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. 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.
When Habakkuk decided that it was time to receive clear direction, he put himself in position to hear from God. This text provides a useful outline for all seekers of direction:
1. "Stand my watch" - Habakkuk didn't only seek God in times of crisis. A "watch" suggests a regular time or consistent pattern of standing before the Lord.
2. "Set on the rampart." - During one of my trips to the United Kingdom, I visited a castle in Wales that was constructed around A.D. 1000. While walking and exploring, I saw a sign that read, "This way to the rampart." I climbed several stone stairs to arrive at the highest point on the castle wall. I was soon standing on the rampart looking out on the countryside, peering between the gaps at the top of the stone wall.
Our "rampart" is a spiritual vantage point, which is a place where we are free from distractions, and full of faith and godly expectations. From that "high place" we signal to God our readiness to hear and receive from HIm.
3. "Watch to see what He will say" - The New King James Version's use of these words suggests that whatever we hear from God becomes something we can "see" in our hearts. Clear direction from God has the effect of imparting vision. Correction and adjustments also accompany that direction and vision.
4. "Write the Vision" - Things that we don't write down or record in some fashion, are things we don't expect to do. As the text indicates, once written, the vision can be read and cause people to "run" or take action.
5. "The vision is for an appointed time" - Once a vision has been birthed, it comes with its own seeds and season. Anything you plant, you will have to wait for. But it will "surely come" so don't get discouraged and leave the place of provision which is always in the vicinity of where you have heard from God and have sown your seeds of obedience.
God keeps all HIs promises!