Standing Upon Our Watch
Reader, it is not a careless, loose profession of Christ that will do.
All this will bring the rod upon us, procure much furnace work, and cause us to go with our heads bowed down, and crying, “leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!” (Isaiah 24:16). The prophet Habakkuk went in quite a different way from such careless, carnal professors. Hence he says, “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). The prophet was no stranger to his own heart. He was well taught to feel how bent to backslide he was, as we all are, so that after examination he is led by the Holy Spirit to watch unto prayer, and he did not watch in vain. Hence he says, “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” And it was this: “The just shall live by his faith” (verse 4).
– John Rusk