HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“ I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Habakkuk 2: 1).
There is no waiting on God for help, and there is no help from God, without watchful expectation on our part. If we ever fail to receive strength and defence from Him, it is because we are not on the outlook for it. Many a proffered succour from heaven goes past us because we are not standing on our watch-tower to catch the far-off indications of its approach, and to fling open the gates of our heart for its entrance. He whose expectation does not lead him to be on the alert for its coming will get but little. Watch for God in the events of your life.
The old African proverb says: “They that watch for Providence will never want a providence to watch for,” and you may turn it the other way and say, “They that do not watch for providences will never have a providence to watch for.” Unless you put out your water-jars when it rains you will catch no water.
We want to be more business-like and use common sense with God in pleading promises. If you were to go to one of the banks and see a man when he goes in and out and lay a piece of paper on the table, and take it up again and nothing more–if he did that several times a day, I think there would soon be orders to keep the man out.
Those men who come to the bank in earnest present their checks, they wait until they receive their gold, and then they go; but not without having transacted real business. Why I am saying this to you and for what purpose?
They do not put the paper down, speak about the excellent signature, and discuss the excellent document; but they want their money for it, and they are not content without it. These are the people who are always welcome at the bank and not triflers. Alas, a great many people play at praying. They do not expect God to give them an answer, and thus they are mere triflers. Our Heavenly Father would have us do real business with Him in our praying.
Whenever you approach the Throne of grace it is and must be for a reason and in due time to make your petitions and to present your supplications to Almighty God. Business before the Throne of God is serious and there is no time for jokes and triflers. However, you will be waiting time to which you will have to give an account to God on that day. On your visit watch for the Providence of God. It never fails.
“Thine expectation shall not be cut off.”
Brethren, it behoves us to be on the tower watching and waiting for the appearance and how we will respond when the time comes. What will the Holy Spirit say to me and how will I respond to the message. Samuel is a good example for us to follow. How did he respond to the still small voice, he went to Eli for guidance and then he waited for the appropriate time to respond. Hallelujah. Watch and wait in earnest and trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.