Finding God's Winning Spirit

Watchtowers (Part 2)

March 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus

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I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me….”   Habakkuk 2:1

Last week this blog talked about the pros and cons of building walls –literally (ancient city walls) and figuratively (personal walls). Although they both provide a level of protection and safety they can create a false sense of security which can lead to defensive living. As we mentioned, if one buys into the “safety =walls” thing then walls never come down and only get higher and more fortified – a bad trend if you really want to know what is going on around you.

A lot of the drawbacks of ancient walls were cured by simply adding a watchtower here and there. All of a sudden one’s prospective had changed; you were now being proactive and could see things from a point of advantage. Man these watchtowers with guards or look-outs and you had a more formidable position (Look at any picture of The Great Wall of China and I guarantee you will see at least one watchtower).

Once again ancient-wall construction can teach us a few things. Last week we mentioned that personal walls (defense mechanisms) are not all bad and at times are advantageous. We also talked about the fact that they too tend to become obsolete and can encourage a defensive and negative life stance. We as individuals need to see things from a position of advantage and change our perspective – we too need watchtowers.

In ancient days watchmen were placed on high towers with the duty of diligently keeping watch to see what messengers or enemies, or what dangers or deliverances, were approaching. This is the background of Habakkuk 2:1. Prophets were considered “watchmen” for God’s people when it came to conveying His plan and Word. We see this again in Ezekiel 3:17, when we read, “Ezekiel, Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me".

Prophets went to watchtowers to elevate themselves above the fray, to be nearer to God and to, in silence, listen for His word. Like prophets we are called not only to build watchtowers but to become watchmen. Our strategy as men and women of faith is not to live behind walls but to position ourselves on these walls and look and listen for God. Our call to duty is put forth in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

We need take a minute and ask ourselves what we do to feel safe. Where do we go or what do we do to create a sense of security and well-being?   Do we retreat or reinforce some wall?  The fact of the matter is that for brothers and sisters in Christ safety does come from walls at all. Scripture tells us that real peace and tranquility is found next to “green pastures and beside still waters” – with our shepherd watching over us.

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