Expressions of faith: Be patient

Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr

“I will stand at my watch and set upon the tower, and will watch to see what he says unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that read it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it may tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by faith,” Habakkuk 2:1-4.

The Prophet Habakkuk is waiting earnestly for a word (answer) from God concerning his questions. Habakkuk served as a prophet to Judah from 612 to 589 B.C.

I will stand like a guard upon the watch-post. For the watch-post is where the change of the whole soul would take place from an earthly response to a heavenly response.

The man of God (prophet) often compared himself to a watchman awaiting the revelation of Jehovah (God).

This was an intimate moment for him, because he knew that fulfilling the will of God was better than doing his own thing.

So he would watch and wait on the Lord God Jehovah for His answer to their complaint.

Isaiah watched and waited in Isaiah 21:8.

Jeremiah watched and waited in Jeremiah 6:17.

Ezekiel watched and waited in Ezekiel 3:17.

David said: “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord,” Psalm 27:14.

In watching and waiting, Habakkuk would also pray to God. He knew that inwardly God would speak, not to the prophet’s outward man but to his inner man.

“Fixing your ear on heavenly, things that is of God,” Revelations 2:29.

When your ear is fixed to hear, then your mind and body will respond to His voice. The body balance system helps us move without falling.

Balance is controlled through signals to the brain from the inner ear, the inner eyes and the sensory system. This activates the charisma (a compelling devotion) of the spirit of God in man.

The spirit of God would reach the spirit in man to do the divine will of God.

“God is spirit and they that worship Him [have feelings or expressions of reverence and adoration] must worship Him in spirit and in truth,” John 4:24.

It’s amazing that God will have you respond to your own questions in order to receive an answer. Many people think this is called talking to yourself, but as Christians we do not talk to ourselves. The Spirit of God ministers to us and we respond to it.

When you are reproved with the reproof of God to your questions, what am I to answer in respect to my complaint against God? The only thing you can say is ‘Yes, Lord!’

Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets that he may run that read it. Keep it plan so it is easy to read and fulfill. If it’s to come to pass, the prophet must hang the vision in his house and in the temple so those who pass might read it. As they read it, they will go and tell everyone that they see of the good news and announce the divine revelation of God that mankind is to fulfill.

The vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie—though it my tarry, wait for it because it will surely come. It will not tarry.