Sitting Up and Paying Attention

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

I like this verse because it shows the proper attitude that we should have toward the Lord and toward whatever it might be that He will say to us.  The prophet says that he will “stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch what he will say unto me.”  He is, to use the language of a teacher, going to sit up and pay attention to what the Lord has to say.

I teach quite a few classes, and usually don’t have too much trouble determining who is paying attention and who is not paying attention.  I have also found that paying attention is mostly an attitude.  When you want to learn something or when you care about what is being said, you will make a serious effort to hear and learn.  You will pay attention.  On the other hand, if you don’t care about something and don’t care about learning anything, then you will probably not put forth much effort to stay focused.  You will not pay attention.

How well do we pay attention when the Lord reproves us?  That is what the prophet says here in this verse.  He is going to pay attention when he “is reproved.”  He wants to know what he has done wrong and he wants to know how to get it right.  That is the attitude that every one of us should have.  If we are doing something wrong, we should want to know it and we should want to get it right.  When the Lord has a controversy with us or with something that we are doing, do we try to justify ourselves, do we try to ignore Him, or do we sit up and pay attention?


3 responses to this post.

  1. ” How well do we pay attention when the Lord reproves us?”
    If He has to do it twice, I think I wasn’t paying attention…. I don’t like the re-sits, but I prefer those to a penalty 🙂

    Blessings much to you and yours as you listen for His instructions.



  2. Oh this is where I am at right now. I know something about my attitude isn’t right, something about how I’m responding to life needs an adjustment. Praying I pay attention to what He wants to show me and tell me about it all!
    God bless you and thank you for such a timely word!


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