Look and Listen [LISTEN]

Clive-Willoughby-800wClive Willoughby
Computer Engineer

Over the years, God has spoken to me fairly often through pictures; either through dreams, quick visions, or just impressions that I may have.  A picture seems to be a great way to convey not just information, but also emotion in a split second.  One particular verse that supports this idea, and has had a lot of meaning to me is in the tiny book of Habakuk 2:1-3.  I would like to consider these verses with you and make a few brief comments.

Habakkuk 2:1-3 ESV
[2:1] 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.

Verse 1:
“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower”
I will place myself in a place to listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to my heart to avoid distractions.  It seems that “listening” to the Lord involved a very deliberate action on behalf of Habakkuk.  He placed himself in a position where he could listen to God, without distraction.

“and look out to see what he will say to me”

Ask yourself, how can you look and see what He is saying?  Should it not read “I should listen at what He is saying to me?  Unless HE is showing me a picture!  God spoke to Habakkuk, so that he could listen and understand, through a picture or a vision.

Verse 2:
“the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets”
This verse is written plainly without needing interpretation.  It says to write the vision down.  The question remains however, why?

Verse 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.”
This answers the question I asked at the end of Verse 2.  Habakkuk readied himself to Listen to the voice of the Lord.  The Lord spoke to him through a picture, a vision, and gave him a revelation.  A promise, or a sign of something in the future.  But it comes with this encouragement – to wait for it.  It will come.  Even if it seems slow, it will come, it will not come later than the time for which it was intended.

We need hearts and lives that reflect what we see in Habakkuk.  Ready lives, ready to listen, patient in waiting, and completely confident that the Word of God will come to pass, because He said it would.