It’s okay to have faith and still have questions! ⬅️ In fact it’s healthy!
God is there, and in our struggle we are drawn closer to Him. He responds when we question why things are hard or terribly difficult.
So? How should we deal with problems that shake our faith?
The Book of Habakkuk sure does show us how!
In Chapter 1 we see Habakkuk questioning and wrestling with God.
In Chapter 2 we see Habakkuk waiting.
What should we do in these times we are waiting for God’s answer?
Waiting Patiently (Habakkuk 2:1)
Habakkuk says he says he will “stand at my watch…”
This is a reference to being in a watchtower or standing in the ramparts, which were built on the walls of the city. From this lookout position a watchman could keep a sharp eye out for an enemy.
A tower provided a new vantage point.
So when Habakkuk says that he is going to stand at his watch and station himself on the ramparts, he is saying, “I have been down on the ground with my problem and have not been able to solve it. Now I am going to leave it with God and wait.”
The prophet had voiced his complaints.
He had pleaded with God for answers to the burning questions of his heart. Now, he knew that he must wait. But he would not wait idly by, nor would he be impatient.
He set his heart and mind to stand watch. He determined to be diligent and purposeful, to focus his entire being on listening for the voice of The LORD.
Like a guard or sentinel, he would watch for God’s answer and not abandon his post until it came.
Habakkuk retreated to one of the mountaintop stations where guards watched for the approach of enemy armies. As Habakkuk looked over his own nation’s countryside he was determined to find the reasons why God permitted injustice.
We also need to take time out to meditate and to struggle with life’s important issues and watch for the attacks of the enemy.
We must be patient in prayer.
We can be sure that our prayers are heard, but we don’t always receive the answers we want, nor do we always receive answers immediately.
The LORD responds in His perfect timing and in according to His will. Every child of God needs to wait patiently when seeking answers from The LORD, trusting Him to speak clearly and exactly at the precise time we need relief and answers.
Let’s pray together right now!
A Prayer for Guidance When Life is Hard :
Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way.
Help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection and trust you in that when all around me everything else says I’ve missed it or seems impossible.
As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember my belovedness, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me.
Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.