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

  1. Helen, I find your words to be so encouraging. I especially find this word from Habakkuk’s life and how to hear from God, very helpful, insightful, and enlightening, as I am on a “Journey” to become more astute in my ability to hear from God. I am learning that God really does speak to us in many different ways, so I want to be open to hearing him, regardless of how he chooses to speak to me. However, I am a Dreamer, and that is mainly how God speaks to me, and always has. But he is teaching me how to hear him speak in other ways. such as Impressions. I was instructed to keep a journal many years ago of the words God speaks to me; whether through dreams or impressions, and I find it to be very helpful in understanding what was spoken, or shown. Many of the dreams given are prophetic in nature; so recording them is very key to my understanding them. So, thank you and may The Lord bless you Helen, for this very insightful word on ways to hear from Him.

  2. Thanks Helen,
    Great confirmation and encouragement as I prepare today to preach at Connect Church in Bendigo on Sunday.
    Love your ministry and still remember the words you spoke into Jan and my life at a retreat a few years ago.
    Time has seen them confirmed.
    Bruce Claridge

    1. Hi Bruce, I saw your comment come through on our way out of Melbourne – we were ministering up in Stanhope and Tongala this past weekend! I’m sure Connect was greatly blessed by your ministry.
      I’m glad to hear the words have been significant for you both 🙂

  3. Wow this has been insightful and so helpful. Very applicable and easy to understand. I love reading your messages cause they have changed my life

  4. Caroline Silvano

    We tend to here our on voices which leads us astray.The voice of God leads us in times of trials.
    And in all times. God is never tied of us, not even a single day but for us when things goes wrong we
    ask him questions.Praise him all the time.


  5. What a word. I think I was missing it out especially on the part of paying attention & finding a proper place to listen from God. I believe it’s high time I recover what I have lost by through lack of focus. Thank you so much Helen & Enliven. You are such a blessing. Every time I read your posts, I grab something new into my Spirit. May God continue to reveal more insights unto you

  6. These kinds of posts are so encouraging as well as very frustrating. God speaks to me often, through many things, but it seems the one question that I’ve had for the past eighteen years He has not answered. That question is very simply what I’m supposed to do with my life. Some people know at a young age that they are to be a doctor or a teacher or a parent or an artist , etc. and they are given what they need to become that. God has not answered this question that I have had for so many years and I am wandering around hoping that something will be whatever it is that I’m supposed to do but it always ends up not being that thing. I’ve fasted and prayed, whined, begged, thrown fits and stuffed the desire to know down so I can ignore the nagging feeling of not knowing my purpose or role. I have days that I hate my life and plunge into deep depression. I can’t seem to get anything off the ground when it comes to projects and I pray and ask for wisdom and help and do not get it. So I go back to trying to not feel anything so I won’t be driven nuts by the desire to know what I’m supposed to be doing.

    The repetitive answers that Christians give of : pray and ask God, read your Bible, fast and pray, wait, be like the persistent widow, etc. are becoming cliche to me and I’m tired of hearing it. Why would God let some of his people wander around not knowing what they are called to do but let some know what they are supposed to do and provide what they need to do it? It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

    1. Hi! I hear you and understand. Things you need to know about yourself. We that have this gift live internal. Nothing to do with personally type – just that the normal things of this world can’t fill what is lacking. Part of our journey is first to find where you can serve to use your gifts each day as our Lord did. You know what draws you work wise, cooking, gardening, teaching, revealing – take that thing and get single minded and pack it with purpose. Help grow gardens, take food to the sick, make meals for families for profit. Food keeps coming to mind so should that not be your thing, fill in the blank. Reveal God in everything to those He puts in your path. If you are sure or jumbled, ask confidants to tell you what the see. And get healthy. That will help clear your mind – walking or jogging. Blessings+

      1. Thank you, Suse. I’ve been given a few talents and I try and use them when I can. Will continue to pray about it. Thank you for the encouragement. : )

    2. Hi Staci, I’m feeling for you, I believe encouragement is important and I also believe the Bible does not provide glib answers, it reveals the very difficult journey of people and the trials of faith. Many times there are no ‘instant’ answers and we have to journey things over time. I’ve been there too.

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