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Reading Selection for December 19th
“Watching for Him Who Is Enough”
Habakkuk 2:1 (NLT) – “I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.”
I love the title of this reading selection, “Watching for Him Who Is Enough.” Habakkuk lived during the reign of King Josiah in Judah. King Josiah was the last “good” king of Judah. He loved God, obeyed Him and sought to restore Judah to a nation that served the living God. But King Josiah could only uphold righteousness, he couldn’t change anyone’s heart. So the people of Judah followed their own hearts and not God’s.
The prophet Habakkuk was deeply troubled by the wickedness of Judah and cried out to God in this little three chapter book. In the verse above Habakkuk states that he will stand on his watchtower looking and waiting for the Lord to respond. He knows that His God will respond, so he climbs to his post in expectancy of an answer that only His God could give.
A little further in Habakkuk 2:4b (NASB) reads, “But the righteous will live by his faith.” Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) gives us some perspective on what faith means, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Habakkuk’s faith assured Him that his cries to God would not go unanswered. He knew His righteous God and he expectantly waited for Him to respond. And that was enough for Habakkuk.
In Habakkuk’s lifetime the spiritual condition of Judah declined greatly and so did its physical condition. Famine swept through the land and the threat of enemy attack shook Habakkuk to the core. And Habakkuk didn’t even live to see just how bad things eventually got for Judah—three sieges and 70 years of captivity in Babylon.
But right in the middle of it, Habakkuk put his trust in the Unseen God and prayed, “Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places,” (Habakkuk 3:18-19).
Habakkuk knew that no matter what terrible circumstances he found himself in, His God was faithful and His God was enough. He was so convinced of God’s goodness and love that he was able to praise God in the middle of all of it. Circumstances may or may not change, God does not. He is always faithful. He is always enough.
What about you? Is faith in the God who comes for your heart enough? Is He enough even if your circumstances never change? What if they even appear to get worse? Is it possible that the roar of your circumstances is the sound of an infinite God coming for you? Is the thunder of the storm the sound of His voice echoing through eternity, “I love you”? How will you respond?