From “Discipleship and Discipline”, by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:
“Habbakuk 2: 1 offers additional insight into the discipline that disciples must display. After having questioned God regarding His ‘inaction’ and ‘unresponsiveness’ to the plight of the righteous (Habbakuk 1:2 – 17), the prophet suddenly reverses course and says, “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.” The prophet evokes the imagery of the discipline associated with a soldier on guard duty. An extra measure of diligence, of alertness and sense of duty is associated with being on guard. While others in the troop may be at rest or going about their appointed rounds, the guard on duty must be disciplined to sound the alarm at the first sign of danger or threat. Again, harkening back toIsaiah 50, Habbakuk 2: 1 also notes that a disciple must be disciplined enough to listen well and carefully in order to receive accurately the orders his Master will give or to sustain the weary one with a word.”
About THE DISCIPLE
William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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