At times when you, or others around you, are facing life’s challenges, receiving a word from God can bring great comfort.

Here are some thoughts from the story and example of the Prophet Habakkuk, to help you receive your own word from God for yourself and others in times of need.

How to Receive a Word from God

1. Position Yourself to Hear from God

‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts’ (Hab 2:1a)

Habakkuk used the imagery of going to a fortress, a place positioned above and apart from the everyday activities of the city, to wait on God in a secure place. This also represented his position as prophet, hearing from God for the nation of Judah.

In times of trial or distress, God Himself is your refuge and your fortress; a safe strong place. (Psalm 91:2)

When you desire to hear from God, then like Habakkuk, be intentional about being positioned in such a way that you can hear His voice.

  • The first place to go is to Scripture—as you read and meditate on God’s Word, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a fresh word to your personally
  • You may have a regular place where you pray and meet with God
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to take special times apart when you need to hear a word from God

2. Take your Problems and Questions (and those of others) to God

‘I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.’ (Hab 2:1b)

Communication in a relationship is two-way, involving both talking and listening. The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s discussions with God.

Habakkuk’s conversation with God was raw, honest and authentic. He did not hold back when he had questions and complaints. Sometimes we feel that we can only go to God once we are already uplifted in our faith, forgetting that He longs to do that for us!

God is your help, your strength and your comforter—and He can only be those things to you as you take your pain to Him.

It was only as Habakkuk asked the difficult questions that he could foresee Judah crying out during the future trials, that He was able to hear of God’s plans for the coming redemption.

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means ‘embrace’, or ‘to hold close’ (Strongs 2265), and because the prophet allowed God to fully minister to him, he was in turn able to supply the comfort and encouragement of God to a nation.

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3)

3. Go on a Journey with God

‘How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?’ (Hab 1:2)

Your communications with God and your conversations with Him, will be a journey. Hearing from God is not like taking aim and hitting a target or bullseye. The heart of God responds to those who seek Him—and that takes time.

Don’t be content with a small snippet, or piece of revelation, when God desires to speak more to you.

Learn from Habakkuk, who went on a journey, complaining, crying out, conversing, waiting and listening until he reached a place of faith and heard all that God had to say to him.

Habakkuk’s journey throughout this small book is one where he progresses from a viewpoint of desperation, to one of trust and victory. The last chapter of Habakkuk is directed as a Psalm set to music.  It inspires those listening to hope in God despite the circumstances.

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Hab 3:19)

4. Pay Attention to the Unique Way God Speaks to you

‘I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)

Habakkuk used visionary language to describe how he listened to God. For those of us who are seers and visionaries, listening to God also means watching.

God is Spirit, and has many ways to communicate. Take into account your gift and the unique way you connect with God.

Be open to receiving impressions from the Holy Spirit and dig deeply into God’s Word.

5. Record what God is saying

‘Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”’ (Hab 2:2)

As with Habakkuk, there are times when a message from God is prophetic and concerns His intention and His future outcome. As you record a communication from God—whether it is a prophetic insight, a dream, Scripture or Word, it gives clarity in the journey, both for yourself and others you may minister to.

Having a written or audio record of your word from God gives you something tangible to celebrate.

Glory is given to God when it comes to pass.

Recording what God is saying allows you to pray about it, weigh it up and if it goes beyond general encouragement, to submit the word to oversight for confirmation (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21). Accountability gives us security in our journey of learning to hear God’s voice.

Finally, as Habakkuk reminds us, the ultimate test of a word from God is whether or not that word comes true.

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ (Hab 2:3)

In preparing for this study, I read Habakkuk in different translations and also listened to Habakkuk several times using an audio Bible App. I mention this because I encourage you to do the same as you study God’s Word. Take time to connect fully with what He is saying and also to be further enriched by discovering what is happening in the background culturally and historically.
My favourite websites, used in this Bible study, are and
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: __

Related Posts:

10 Ways You Can Hear God’s Voice

4 Life Lessons from the Prophet Ezekiel

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Enliven Ministries
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64 thoughts on “5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)”

  1. This write-up has been so wonderful and touched an area that is very important, writing down what the Lord says. In the Church today, many brethren find it difficult to write down the messages delivered during sermons and thereby missed their words. I encourage everyone to always write down the messages during sermons. Thank you for your efforts.

    1. Hi Adelini, that’s very true – writing down enables us to reflect and be good stewards of the words God gives us through our leaders and the preaching of His Word

  2. O.M.G it’s 5:02am where I am,I was just laying in my. Bed thinking and praying, singing the song ‘Father can you hear me ‘ and your email can through it really encourage me to seek God’s voice and received his holy word am going back to the email I want to learn more about Habakkuk’s conversation with God. Thank you so much for all the information please continue to send more

  3. Thank you so much for this article and all the others as well. I sincerely believe that God is using you to speak to me. Each article is just always on point such that I often laugh when I open your email and say Lord what are you saying to me today. I have found each email and article has just been for me and even this one about Habakkuk is what I have been asking for only last night, I am battling with hearing from God. I need him so much and to hear from him so badly..someone said that I should go deeper and I am asking deeper how?? unanswered prayers, prophecies yet to manifest, dreams and visions that I don’t understand….Father speak to me…

    1. Hi Phollie, I’m glad God is speaking to you through Enliven Blog. May the inspiration continue to flow and I pray you clarity increases

  4. Hallo Helen, thank you so much for all the teachings. Helen, in the year 2007 God spoke to me about something. And He also told me to wright it down. So i did.
    I steard of the path and fell back into sin. Prais be to God beacause im back on track again. I still have the peace of paper that I wrote the message-prommises on. It’s in bad shape but i still have it. I so desperately want God to fullfill this promise He gave me. If there is someting i should do i will do it. Please help me Helen.
    Thank you so much.

      1. Thank you so much Helen. I know now what i must do. I must trust God and put the past behind me. God knows that i have missed out and He called me back on track through His perfect love and grace so that the promises of Him can take place in my life NOW. How wonderfull it is to walk in the love, grace and glory of the King of kings. He trueley did not forget about me. How blessed am i to be back with God where i belong.
        Thank you so much Helen for your help. Thank you for what you are doing for the kingdom of God.
        Be blessed and showered with the glory of the Lord.
        In the Name of Jesus Christ.

  5. I’m slowly stepping into the fact that God is speaking to me and through me again. Last time I did this, people were shocked and amazed. Some thought I snooped into their circumstances. It is difficult to see so much pain, doubt, and fear upon His people. I see it, feel it before it comes in the room. In these times, so many are blind, false prohets are invoking incantations on TV. We are in perilous times. Spiritual attacks are growing so I now believe what is coming upon me is from God. Thank you for your prayers and this website.

  6. Excellent teaching….thank you for sharing your heart, and your journey with God. We need to hear how each of us journey in the Lord. We have a whole generation coming behind us that need to see the effect of GOD in our lives. You show a beautiful path in the Lord through your writings. They extend a hunger to the reader to go deeper still with a relationship with the Lord.

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