Positioning Ourselves To Watch For God's Revelation
In order to fully learn how to do something, each of us has to position ourselves in a way to be paying attention to the instructor but also taking the time to watch for the information and skills desired.
Part of my role on the ministry team here at Christ’s Church is to train people in operating and learning how to use our technical equipment. Whenever this is happening, I am always asked many questions which is great. Unfortunately, some questions can’t be answered in the way a person wants because there is a lot more to learn and equipment to practice on and spend time with before the answer to that question can be fully grasped. In order to fully learn how to do something, each of us has to position ourselves in a way to be paying attention to the instructor but also taking the time to watch for the information and skills desired.
In the same way some of our questions and concerns/complaints to God can only be answered by spending the time to learn the answers by being near to Him as He is teaching us. Habakkuk 2:1 in The Message version says “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.”
God desires to teach us and reveal Himself to us but in order for us to learn, we must position ourselves to be paying attention and watching for His revelation to us. Habakkuk does this by stating that he’ll climb to a high point in order to watch carefully and be ready for God’s response to his questions and complaints about everything going on in the world and in his life which just like us, sometimes doesn’t make sense and can be full of hurt and pain. Watching out for God’s revelation to us is not a matter of sitting back and waiting but actively paying attention and spending time with Him in order to hear His voice and receive the instruction and truth that the Holy Spirit provides.
Leading into Habakkuk 2:1-2, Habakkuk is seeking God’s words, instruction, and revelation. After he positions himself to wait patiently on God, God responds and gives him a response. There are two fascinating factors at play here. One is that the response only comes after Habakkuk positions himself to hear from God by freeing himself of all distractions and watching exclusively for God’s voice and no one else’s. This is important for us to learn from for us because I know for myself that I do not take the time to free myself of all distractions regularly enough. How are each of us positioning ourselves and quieting our hearts in order to hear God’s voice? The second factor is what comes next, God tells Habakkuk to listen carefully and write down what God tells him in order for it to be shared throughout the area He lives. The important part about this is the example that it sets for us. We need to not just position ourselves to listen to what God is saying, we also should be listening clearly and then writing it down so that there is no confusion about what He is saying. Doing this allows us to become deeper disciples and followers of Jesus along with sharing His words and His Gospel with everyone around us.