“Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come. It will not tarry.’” Habakkuk 2:2-3
For many people who made a New Year’s resolution, its not uncommon that those resolutions are long forgotten by now. Personal resolutions are great and are imperative for growth and development. However, there is a difference between a personal resolution and a vision from God for your life.
What is the source of your vision?
The source for the vision is a key to its sustainability. In essence the power to keep a resolution that you made is based upon you, whereas the power to fulfill a Godly vision is based upon your faith in God. God gives us a vision in order to develop faith and trust in Him (Genesis 31:11-13) and receive direction and discipline from within (Proverbs 29:18). The prophet Habakkuk gives us instructions on how to manage a vision from God.
Write it down.
In order for a vision to be effective it must be captured in time and space; we accomplish this by writing it down. Writing the vision helps us to “make it plain” or give it clarity. Where there is clarity of vision then there is acceleration toward the known goal. It’s like driving in the fog. Even though we may know where we are going we slow down because our vision isn’t clear. Once the fog is lifted we accelerate. A clearly written vision helps lift the mental “fog” in your life. Writing the vision also protects it. Life has a funny way for changing things we didn’t intend on changing. Writing your vision protects it from being reshaped by life’s circumstances and situations. We have a natural tendency to alter our capacity based upon our experiences. When God gives you a vision, He seldom takes account of your experiences. A man’s experience can literally change what he sees. A vision written down will not lie to you, nor let you lie to yourself.
Read your vision often.
The second thing we must do to manage vision is to reference it daily. The scripture tells us that the vision will speak to us. Daily reference allows the vision to imprint a picture on the canvas of our imagination causing us to dream about it, and be influenced by it as well. Once it is internalized, it speaks to our core. This is crucial because once the mind accepts something as important it goes to work subconsciously to bring it into your life. It attracts to you everything you need to bring that vision to pass. This principle is just as effective for the millionaire as it is for the drug addict. If you can see it on the inside, eventually you’ll see it on the outside.
Be Patient but don’t be docile.
Finally, the vision helps develop patience as we wait for it. Patience is a perfect work that causes us to be in control of our mind, will, and emotions and brings about no lack in our lives (James 1:4, Luke 21:19). On the same token you have to take action. Put a plan in place that requires you to do something. Always keep your vision in motion.
So take some time to review the vision God has given for your life. If you have no vision, began to seek God for His divine plan. Once you receive it, make sure you manage it properly for if you so, it will surely come to pass.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.