Sunday, February 9, 2014

The watchtower of Waiting


The watchtower of waiting

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. NKJV

Remember then, that the prophet Habakkuk is having what we might call, a ‘crisis of faith.’ In other words, he has seen what the proud, self possessed and brutal army of the Chaldean’s, God’s sword of judgment, shall do to his people and he just cannot match this up with his understanding of the pure nature of God. Therefore, he has gone above the cry and clamor of the city and especially the whirlpool sucking of his own now very turbulent soul and mind, and is now waiting to see what God will say to Him. Yes, Habakkuk is making watchtower space to wait for the whisper of the still small voice of God within him. Then and now, God speaks to His people in five distinct ways:

1. By His Spirit through His Word. 
2. By His Spirit through our conscience. 
3. By His spirit through His providence. 
4. By His spirit through His people. 
5. By His spirit through God interpreted pictures.

The end of all this speaking shall be for us all, at the very least, an almost physically felt movement in the very centre of our being, for the breathed out whisper of God is the most powerful force in the universe and in us, it is most surely felt. One Word spoken from Him, you see, changes everything in earth and heaven and in the countless unseen vast dimensions. Just one word. It’s worth waiting for, and certainly for Habakkuk the word he receives shall salve his heart, solve the difficulties in his mind and strengthen him for the challenges to come.

I am sure that Habakkuk did not arrive on top of his own watchtower to then calmly sit in the ‘lotus position.’ He is obviously agitated, frustrated and confused. Even so, and this is very important, he has now wrestled himself into a waiting stillness and it has been an energetic struggle as well, for it has involved an emotional emptying, it has involved an eviction of all the violent doubtings of his mind, together with a binding and gagging of the words and works of his unbelieving flesh. The watchtower for Habakkuk may well have been an external and physical place, but essentially, our watchtowers are always set on the internal mountain ranges of delectable watching. Yes, our watchtowers, you see, are within, and we often have to fight within ourselves to finally get on top of them. 

 Habakkuk arrives atop his tower for a single purpose really: to see what God will say to him in answer to his complaint. This is the essential meaning of the last part of this verse for today.

Therefore, be sure of this: that the exit road from doubting castle will always lead to the delectable mountains, and for those that really want to see, Mount Clear is the peak to peek into Emmanuel’s land. Tell me then dear friend tonight, where are your watchtowers and have you ascended your own delectable internal mountain ranges to gain a view of the world to come? Even to quietly wait for the voice of the Lord?

Get your climbing boots on buddy for Mount Clear is worth the ascent!

Listen: -  “By this time the pilgrims had a desire to go forwards, and the shepherds a desire they should; so they walked together towards the end of the mountains. Then said the shepherds one to another, "Let us here show to the pilgrims the gates of the Celestial City, if they have skill to look through our perspective glass." The pilgrims then lovingly accepted the motion: so they had them to the top of a high hill, called "Clear," and gave them their glass to look. Then they essayed to look; but the remembrance of that last thing that the shepherds had showed them made their hands shake, by means of which impediment, they could not look steadily through the glass: yet they thought they saw something like the gate, and also some of the glory of the place. Then they went away, and sang this song: ‘Thus by the shepherds secrets are revealed, Which from all other men are kept concealed: Come to the shepherds, then, if you would see Things deep, things hid, and that mysterious be.’ " Pilgrims Progress – John Bunyan – Section 8 

Pray: -  Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever. Psalms 131 NKJV

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