Waiting For God’s Answer
In fact, some would rather do the wrong thing than wait. Waiting is one of the hardest things to do in life.
When dealing with problems, we must pray:
It was not enough just to pause to think, to restate basic principles, and to apply the principles to the problem. Habakkuk was still in doubt, and so he yielded the problem to God in faith. He was waiting for God’s answer.
HABAKKUK: A Case Study Continued
I. Commit Your Problem to God (2:1)
Once you have committed the problem to God, you should stop concerning yourself with it.
Then the moment you get up from our knees you begin to worry about the problem again.
Looking to God means depending entirely upon God, and “waiting” only upon him.
So, get up into your watchtower and just keep looking to God. Look at nothing else, least of all your problem.
II. Expect an Answer from God (2:1b)
If you pray, you must expect answers to your prayers.
The point is that you must be looking for these answers, and be ready to recognize them when they come.
III. Be Persistent in Your Expectation (2:1b)
Having committed yourself and your problem to God, you must persist in looking with an eagerness, which knows that God is certain to answer.
The test of your faith is whether you expect an answer, and then persevere in that expectation.
IV. God Rewards Faith (2:2-3)
It is an absolute law in the spiritual realm that if we adopt Habakkuk’s method, and behave as he behaved, God will always honor his promises.
1st, know that things are not always as they seem.
2nd, waiting for God’s answers strengthens your patience and lengthens your perspective.
Do what Habakkuk did while waiting for God’s answer:
- Commit your problem to God,
- Expect an answer from God,
- Be persistent in your expectation, and, remember that
- God rewards faith.