230523 – Listening Over Arguing | TBS Devotions

“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. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tabletsso that a herald may run with it.”

~ Habakkuk 2:1-2

The internet has really changed the way we do things. From grocery shopping to online dating to writing research papers, it really has changed everything we do. One of the most glaring examples is online shopping.

Imagine this with me. You have been eyeballing a particular product for weeks. It’s a little expensive, so you keep it bookmarked in anticipation of a price drop. You check the product’s page over and over again. It has consumed you. After months of waiting, a coupon code hit your email, and you clicked “add to cart” with the agility of a cheetah.

After ordering it, what do you do? You wait with anticipation. Most people peek out their window a few times a day looking for the delivery man. Some folks follow the order tracker like an online video game. You wouldn’t just forget about it, would you? Of course not. You wouldn’t ignore the mail or leave unopened packages on your patio for days.

This seems silly, but we do it to God all the time. We have asked God for a delivery, but then we carry on with our lives with zero expectation. When you ask God questions, put yourself in a position to hear His answers. That’s what Habakkuk did. Yes, he was arguing, but he was intentional about listening. The prophet explained, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me” (2:1).

The word “watch” in this passage is not a verb; it’s a noun. Envision one of those pointy spires you see on cartoon castles. Those spikes that look like Hershey kisses on a stick made of brick. Ancient watches were lookout towers at a high elevation designed to help guards scan the horizon for oncoming threats. They were small, quiet, and fortified. No one was able to bother you when you were up there. We should follow the prophet’s example. When he needed to hear from God, he was intentional about waiting for a reply. Not only did he wait, but he also positioned himself in the best possible place to be uninterrupted.

When you are expecting to connect with God, it will require some patience. Waiting doesn’t mean sitting idly for God to send you a letter, text, or package. Rather, waiting on God requires hard work. Remove distractions. Get in a quiet place. Flip through Bible with focused eyes, eager ears, and an open heart.