Not Built To Last

Day 2 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Wait and Listen “Yet I will wait patiently”  


It’s important that we learn from Habakkuk and the example he set for us. He anticipated an answer from God and was willing to wait for it. Often when we question God, we don't expect Him to answer, but Habakkuk does. Other times we not only demand God to answer, but that He answer according to our schedule. 


We don’t know the exact timeline, but there must have been some painful waiting in between Habakkuk’s plea and God’s response. Habakkuk potentially grew restless and unsure. And then cue the swirling thoughts of God’s possible answers. How will God respond? Will He even respond? And will it be the answer I am hoping for?


Sound familiar? 


Your body is tired and broken. Maybe you’ve grown weary continually praying for healing and restoration. You may begin to question whether God even hears you. 


But Habakkuk teaches us that we should cherish this waiting time. To remain faithful in the quiet. How often do we spend our prayers listing our needs off to God and quickly ending with an amen? When did you last truly dedicated time to sitting, waiting and listening for God’s response? 


Habakkuk’s words are powerful during his wait. 


I will stand at my watch


    and station myself on the ramparts;


I will look to see what he will say to me,


    and what answer I am to give to this complaint. (2:1)


His dedication is inspiring. Habakkuk stood firm in his faith of God’s good and perfect nature. 


Maybe you’re waiting on a diagnosis. Maybe you’re preparing for surgery. Maybe you’re waiting on the results of your surgery. Whatever waiting period you’re in, remember to take joy in the victory that God already offers. Nothing is overlooked by God – even if we may not be able to see the bigger picture just yet. 


Today, spend some time simply waiting and listening to God.