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Standing Guard


Verses to read: Habakkuk 2:1

A pastor once told me of the time he spent on a naval ship in Europe. He told me that he had a difficult job. His job was to stand night duty at port side. Sounds easy enough, right? But his job was to stand in the pitch-black darkness from midnight until 5 a.m. staring out in the vast nothingness. His job was to watch for anything out of the ordinary. On a ship in the middle of nowhere, looking out into the deep sea, he would stand guard for hours in the black silence. He stood guard, watching for change.

Habakkuk wrote, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…” Habakkuk took night duty. He was in turmoil over his land, so he decided to stand guard and wait for a voice from the Lord. He was standing guard for change.

I wonder how long or how often Habakkuk stood guard, staring into the vast darkness, waiting on the Lord. I wonder what kind of determination it took to stand still in the midst of turmoil and wait for a change from the Lord. But Habakkuk stood guard. He was God’s messenger and that was his job.

In the next few days, take some time and find a dark, quiet place—maybe a place in your own backyard. In the quietness of the night, stand guard and ask God to speak to you. Too often we read our Bibles, spend time in prayer, and rush off to start our day. But sometimes when we are finished, God isn’t. He may have something He wants to do in our own lives, in our families, or in our communities. We need to listen for His direction. He has a plan for each of us—we need to become quiet and listen for the plan. Try standing guard for two hours. Stand and wait for the Lord. Look to see what He will say to you.

  • Is it difficult for you to be quiet and to listen?
  • How do you hear God’s voice?
  • What did Habakkuk mean when he said, “I will watch to see what He (God) will say to me?
  • What are you looking for?
  • Extra Bible reading: Deuteronomy 15: 5 and Jeremiah 7:23