This is the message that the prophet Habakkuk received in a vision. How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Habakkuk 1:1-2

I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:1-3 NLT

I’m sure you have felt like the prophet Habakkuk at times in your life. Instances of calling on God for help and feeling the pain of silence. Moments in your life when you cry and he does not come to save. My questions for you are, how do you respond to a situation like this? Do you give up? Do you press in through prayer? Do you know how to rest when you don’t get an immediate response? Do you ask God tough questions as Habakkuk did? God can handle the tough questions. Don’t be afraid to ask him anything.

The key concepts we are to grasp are the ability to endure as to not give up. The importance of prayer and the persistence that comes with the territory. Learning how to rest is a big one that I still struggle with at times. I think we all do! However, the importance of rest can yield to a time of refreshment and ease for your soul, something we all need. Honesty with God is such a vital part of your relationship with Him. Talk to Him about the things that frustrate you. We need to keep the waters flowing so keep stirring. We should take no part in the stagnation of circumstances. We must be candid with our Father God to impact change for our sake.

We must respond like Habakkuk in chapter 3. He responded with a prayer of worship and trust. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT

I want to share my own Habakkuk response. A part of my personal story with you through this poem I wrote.

The Watchman:
Hinges off the door
Moved it out the way
Power and peace flow through
Center of heart I stand amazed
Ascension thoughts of virtue
Fragments follow suit
Vigils kindle in the night
Watchman in pursuit
Language uncommon
Tongues eschew native speak
Confounding the wise though I am weak
Heady faith despite Satan’s folly
No weapon formed against me will prosper
In spite of his volley
Circumstances volatile due to my foe
Parading defeat watch him go
Up in smoke and in mirrors
This watchman has faced his fears
Looked them dead on
This ground contested
For this watchman’s faith has been tested
Through the fire, I’ve come out stronger
My enemy can harm me no longer
I look to God
Look to Him at all times
Seek my Father’s face
Grace that shines
Love for other people
Substance that holds weight
Cultivating gifts
Given to us a clean slate
I look to Jesus
Author of my faith
He peers into my soul
Only to equate
Content He’s in control
Timing has birthed
Desire creates
Purposed in the Earth
Postured is my frame
An expected end again
Favor is mine, not something far off to attain
Forged in vigils of the night