5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)

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 www.biblegateway.com and www.blueletterbible.org
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Hab/Hab_1.cfm

Has this teaching on how to receive a word from God encouraged you today? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section, or on Facebook or Instagram. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

Related Posts:

10 Ways You Can Hear God’s Voice

4 Life Lessons from the Prophet Ezekiel

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

  1. Adelani Ayeni

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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. latoria smith

    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

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Latoria, yes He is hearing you!
      Hello from Australia… late in the evening here 🙂

  3. Pholile

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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. Renette

    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. Renette

        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. Suse

    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.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Suse, yes we need to press into God and His Word more than ever. Thanks for the note

  6. Christy

    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.

  7. Bill Wiltz

    Thanks for the revelations you have provided now and in the past. I always look forward for your teachings, it is a bright spot of my day. Also, you show how important it is to hear from God and make it your own, write it down and reflect on it until it passes. You are “God-given” to the church to hear what God is doing and saying in this time of transition for this country.

  8. john Thikaro

    Shalom Helen
    first of all I want to give thanks God fir using to minister the gospel I really appreciate it.
    Today am on prayer mountain when I open my email when I read how to receive a word from God. I learn a lot about Habakkuk now is my time to act like Habakkuk.

    God He use to communicate with me through dream, vision I remember I saw 2 flash light in my eyes then He told me to follow where he taking me. from there I saw people like friends other I don’t know them it was raining. all those friend are getting wet from rain and me rain cant fall over me. it make a circle where I was standing. when the rain done start to ask me check where you stand it a circle no rain but us we are wet. these vision I don’t know what does it mean. Habakkuk remind my dream.

  9. Juliet

    I found this very insightful. I love the imagery of positioning oneself to hear what God has to say. Often times I think situations come that causes us to seek after God .. I think God orchestrates these events too, because he wants to spend time with us, he desires us to seek after him with our whole heart, and, as we seek earnestly he fulfils our desires, he answers our questions and we fall more deeply in love with him.

  10. pastor christian miracle Deekor

    Hellen this is insightful. Thanks. Love from all of us in partakers international ministries. More grace.

  11. susanJOY

    Thanks so much for this study. I am inspired now to get my bible out and read Habbakuk. thanking you susanJOY

  12. Christine Cheek

    Hello this is Christine I want to say I thank for touching and agreeing with me a bout my job .I got job that I want but pay is not enough I need an increase, and I seen the house that I want. I believe Matthew 18:18 I would like to touch in agreement.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christine, I say amen to your prayer request! Our God is a generous provider. And pray for us also

  13. Lillie

    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.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Lillie, and may your journaling continue to be anointed and bear much fruit!

  14. Bruce Claridge

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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 🙂

  15. Ivan Glory

    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

  16. 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.


  17. Thokozani

    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

  18. Staci

    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. Suse

      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. Staci

        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. Helen Calder Post author

      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.

      1. Staci

        Thank you, Helen. I appreciate your reply and encouragement. No, there are often no instant answers, I agree.

  19. Godfrey

    Hi Helen Calder,I’m pleased to tell you that your teachings are inspired by the Holy spirit.they have impacted my life.God bless u

  20. charmaine bosman

    I am always encouraged,uplifted by the Word you send,always on the right moment,time. Do appreciate it. Always speaks right into my Spirit. Blessings to you.

  21. augustine omwanghe

    I am indeed grateful for this teaching. I now know how to position myself so that I can easily hear from God.

  22. Joseph Edmund Sam

    Thank you very much for the guidelines you have given me about hear from the almighty God. My comment is a question i would be happy to have an answer for it. Ever since i became born again, I do have a lot of dreams which seems and feels so real but it never happens. Before i sleep, I use to pray to God to talk to me both in vision and in dreams. These dreams come alright but it never happens as it came in my dreams. Is there something that i am doing wrong that is why it never comes to pass? I hope to hear from you very soon.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Joseph, sometimes God’s timetable takes longer than we would like it to. I’m still waiting on dreams too, and some in the past have taken years to be fulfilled. This is one reason it’s good to write them down.

  23. Jessie Yap

    Thank you for the encouraging posting. I’ve just finished Chapter 1 of Habakkuk last night moving on to Chapter 2 when I received this message in my inbox this morning through this link.

    1. DD

      Hello Helen,
      Thank you for this wonderful article. This is very helpful for all of us to develop a deeper relationship with our Almighy God.

      Hi Shamin,
      This is Doren, i have been trying to reach out to you, to reconnect. Anyway, im not even sure if you’re my friend Shamin, but if you think my name rings a bell, please reply. I’m hoping and praying you are my friend Shamin. In Jesus name.

  24. TIFF

    Your blogs have helped me so much. Thank you for engaging all questions and concerns..there aren’t a lot of safe places to ask them, at least not in my circle. The Lord has also told me to write things down lately. I’m amazed because I’ll only remember a portion of a dream, begin to write it down, and then occasionally He shows me the rest as I’m writing. Often details I would have dismissed otherwise.

  25. Anthony

    Am so glad. Your messages are always so enlightening, my faith has been rekindled and l feel refreshed. Keep up the good work.

  26. Shirley Jackson

    I will be reading the book of Habakkuk because I am going through so much pain and hurt. Please keep me in your prayers I need them. It is like I am in this big hole and I cannot get out and the same cycle keeps repeating itself. Please pray for me.

  27. Roxanne Worthy

    God bless you and your ministry Ms. Calder. I cannot tell you how much your publishings, which I receive via email, have advanced my growth in the Lord. God has used everyone of them to speak to me and to advance my spiritual growth.

    Thank you for your obedience.

    Love in the Lord
    Your sister Roxanne

  28. Ishmael Kwarteng

    Hi Pastor, this devotional message has really helped me to be conscious of the steps to receiving a word from God. From today, I will be vigilant about my area of which I have fellowship or communion with the Holy Spirit, as God is my helper in all the things I do in the ministry.

  29. Maxwell Magowa

    Thanks very for the lessons from habakuku, my question is how can one receive the gift of prophecy without being laid on hands i am so desirous to opparate in this area.

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