Habakkuk was determined to stand upon his watch-tower to see what God had to say to him.
No person can come to speak to God without personal effort. “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with a whole heart” (Psa.119:2)
God can speak to people who have made no efforts to see him. God may discover himself, disclose his truth, and dispense his grace to individuals, as he did to Saul of Tarsus.
Moses was called up to the top of Sinai to meet with God.
Our mission here is to receive communications from God. Habakkuk declared, “I will stand upon many watch… and will watch to see what he will say unto me.” (v.1)
We are constituted for and required to receive communications from the eternal mind. We have a naturally instinct to call out to God. As truly as the eye is made to see light, the soul is made to receive thought from God.
We have the capacity to receive from God. Unlike the lower creatures around us, we can receive the ideas of God.
We have a necessity to Hear from God. God’s ideas are the quickening powers of our soul.
Sin has shut out God from the soul, created a dense cloud between us and him.
Why did Christ come into the world? To bring the human soul and God together, that the Lord might dwell amongst us. I Tim. 2:5 declares, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Our Nature, history, heart and conscience are natural order of communication between the human and the Divine. But we have something more than these-the Bible, this is special. Here he speaks to man at sundry times and in divers manners. II Tim.3:16 states, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
How shall we receive his communications? We must ascend to the “tower” of quiet, earnest, devout thought, and there must a ” watch to see what he will say.” (v.1)
Our mission here is to impart communications from the Eternal mind. Habakkuk was told, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it” (v.2)
The Word of God will never be understand by the careless, The person that reads, studies, meditates, and prays will understand the sacred Word that relates to salvation.
Notices what the apostle Peter stated in Acts 2:40,”And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
From this we may conclude that writing is both an ancient and divinely sanctioned art. Thank God for books.
Greatest of all thank God for the Word of God.
The preacher will one day pass a way, for all flesh is like grass.
Tradition is uncertain and may be corrupted. Often, the testimony of men would continually perplex and mislead. But the word of God stands for ever, an assurance and guide to all generations “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Mt.24:35)
Note what the apostles stated in Acts 4:20, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
The Bible is not intended merely for certain individuals or classes, but for all the race in all generation,” for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Ac.2:39)
It has always been God’s plan, that man shall be the spiritual teacher of man. Note what Gal.1:15,16 states. “When it pleased God…to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”
Our mission here is to virtually realize communication from the eternal mind. Habakkuk stated in (v.3) “Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come,”
God’s promises reach a long distance and comprehend vast agencies.
Delay is discipline to us, and God has reasons for it. It tests our faith, cultivate our patience, and excites our hope.
We cannot hasten the end and must therefore wait. We must not measure God’s thoughts by our ways, and the purpose of eternity by the hour of time.
We must not attribute delay to weakness or forgetfulness. God is not slack concerning his promise
We are to be God’s auditors. We should be listing for his voice in all everything.
We are to be his organ, conveying to others what he has convey to us. We are to be his representatives, manifesting him in every act of our life. All we say and do, our looks and manners, are to be rays reflected from the Father of light “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (II. Tim.4:2)