Leaders lead people into the future the Lord has prepared. It is therefore critical for leaders to learn to wait on the Lord for direction and instruction.
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Context: This book is entitled “the burden of Habakkuk” (1:1; dated about 605-608 BC) and starts off as the prophet unburdens his heart in prayer about the prevailing social injustices he sees. When God answers his prayers becomes a conversation with the Lord.
1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay…”
Observations and reflections
- The prophet uses the military language of “watchpost and station” – what does it suggest of his demeanor as he spends time with the Lord?
- Rephrase verse one in your own words.
- What do you think happened between verses 1 and 2?
- Why would it be necessary for the prophet to withdraw and be alone with the Lord?
- Note the instructions which the Lord gives Habakkuk before the vision is given – what does He say and why is that important when the Lord reveals something to you?
Personal Reflection and Application
During a critical time in Judah’s history (about 605BC) the prophet Habakkuk withdrew to be alone with the Lord, to gain God’s perspective of Judah’s situation, and to ask how he personally, and the nation should respond.
- Follow Habakkuk’s pattern:
- schedule time alone (perhaps now?);
- unburden your heart to the Lord in prayer;
- wait for Him to answer and record what He says;
- record what you see (vision);
- ask the Lord what you should do with this message;
- declare your trust in the Lord.
(If you feel more comfortable to spend this time of waiting in prayer with a close Christian friend, do so. But to grow in the prophetic anointing, waiting on the Lord in this manner is very important.)
- Share your experience and what you recorded with a mature Christian friend.
Thank the Lord for the times you have heard him speaking to you in various ways. Then personalize the prayer of young Samuel who prayed as Eli instructed him “Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.” (1 Samuel 3:9)