I’m not a very patient person. In fact, if you asked any of my family members or close friends, they would tell you with certainty that I am in fact not a patient person at all.
In some ways, this can be helpful. When the Lord tells me to do something, I usually move quickly and act on his command. But what is an impatient girl to do when the command from the Lord is to wait on him?
How can I wait on the Lord when I have a hard time even waiting on a bag of popcorn to pop in the microwave?
I’ve been studying the book of Habakkuk for the past year or so and I am blown away by the little nuggets of goodness tucked in the middle of it.
Like this little guy:
“I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.” Habakkuk 2:1 NLT
Habakkuk had been struggling. He was confused and He honestly spent most of the time in this book complaining to God about his circumstances and the mess he found himself in.
God had responded to his complaint and Habakkuk is ready to stand on God’s words instead of his circumstances.
I think we as impatient followers of Christ can glean some truth from this verse. Habakkuk did four things in this verse that would give him the courage to wait upon the Lord.
Habakkuk chose to climb up to the watch tower.
He decided to elevate himself to a position where he could see the bigger picture. No longer would Habakkuk walk with tunnel vision, he would position himself to see God move near and far.
HAbakkuk Chose to stand guard
He knew that he would need to position himself to stand guard against the enemy’s attacks. In the waiting place, the enemy knows that we are weak and a lot of times wounded and torn. 1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. If we are going to make it through the waiting, we must position ourself through prayer and communion with the Father so that we can stand firm against our enemy.
Habakkuk chose to wait upon the lord
Waiting on the Lord is a CHOICE! We can choose to wait on the promises of God. Habakkuk chose to stay positioned even if he would have to wait. He didn’t attach conditions.. He simple resolved within himself to wait upon the Lord.
Habakkuk opened his heart to the lord’s response
Habakkuk decided that he wanted to hear what GOD wanted to say more than just what HE wanted to hear.
Friend, if you and I are going to be able to wait on the Lord when he says to wait we must shift our sight, stand guard, choose to wait and open our hearts.
It’s going to have to be a daily choice. I’m choosing to wait on Him today, knowing that he doesn’t make us wait to punish us or hurt us. It is actually quite the opposite.
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. ” 2 Peter 3:8-9 NLT
If it seems as if God is being slow in answering your heart’s cries tonight, I want you to be encouraged by this truth: He isn’t being slow, he is being patient for you. He doesn’t want you to miss what He has for you in this place..
Embrace the wait..It will be worth it.