"I will stand upon my watch, and set myself upon the tower, and watch, to see what God will say to me, and what I will answer when I am reproved." Habakkuk 2:1
Habakkuk was referring to life when he said ‘my watch’. The ‘tower’ he referred to as a high level of awareness, an uplifted state and perception. And the second ‘watch’ he referred to as being aware of what was happening in his life. Habakkuk was overwhelmed by the devastation surrounding him; he couldn’t get his focus off the violence and injustice that was happening in his country. After a sincere prayer, fully expecting God would respond to his questions, he waited in a position of watchful expectation (staying aware and listening). God’s glory appeared. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages believers to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will work out all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
It is important to know what God has said in His Word and then pay attention to what you say in response. Under the pressure of circumstances or under the attack of fear, hurt or anger, notice how quickly we forget and care less what God says. Walking in the Holy Spirit according to God’s Word is a life-long practice. Choose to walk in God’s way by releasing His power to be in you what you cannot be or what you cannot do. God’s way life is victorious, peaceful, powerful, abundant and purposeful. When we don’t choose God’s way of life, life will choose for us a life subject to moods, complaining, strife and discontentment.
Prepare Yourself: Psalm 107:1-3, 6 & 7
1. Lift up your perception; how you think and what you understand about your life. Perception has incredible power to shape your circumstances with to align with what you believe. What to do? Give thanks to the Lord (vs. 1). Why? Because He is good and His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed say so (vs. 2). It is important to understand we are redeemed from the enemy. The works of the devil are defeated because Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross. Practice giving thanks for all things by saying so. Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for all things because they fit into a pattern for my good. Why is this effective? Because I say so. Why can I say so? Because God said so in Romans 8:28. God has blessed us because He is good, not because we are good. We become good by His goodness in us.
2. Cry to the Lord in your trouble (vs. 6). When we ‘cry’ to the Lord, we are expressing faith in Him that He answers our prayers. Trouble is distress; anxiety, sorrow, pain or torment.
We can draw strength knowing David had quick victory over Goliath even when Saul distressed him for a long time. David needed long suffering to be able to continue on.
3. God leads you by the right way to go to a city of habitation (a place of security and safety). The Lord is my refuge, my dwelling place, my fortress. No evil or plague shall come near my dwelling place (Psalm 91:10). When you understand God is your peace, power, protection and plenty, you are on the right road that guides you to all truth (John 16:13). Security in God is confidence, knowing He fulfills your desires and meets your every need (I John 5:15).
Rules for getting and staying on the Right Road
- Say so! I am on the right road because of Jesus Christ.
- Do not predict how God will work things out.
- At every fork in the road, affirm that this is God’s will for you. Do not allow doubt and fear to paralyze you, preventing you from stepping out in faith.
- Stop asking to be guided, healed or supplied. Say, “Thank you I am on the right road.”
- Take joy in each step you take, not expecting instant results. This choice of attitude sows seeds of the Spirit for an abundant future and amazing results
It is God’s will for you to prosper and be in health (III John 1:2).