A Vision for the Future

“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2).

Most organisations have a vision statement which outlines what the company aims to achieve. Within a larger vision are aims and objectives that are set to carry out the broader vision. Individually, we have an idea of what we want out of life and we have goals and objectives to achieve. Not everyone considers the importance of writing down their vision and life goals. How do you know what you actually want to accomplish if you have not spent the time to write it down? Have you spent quiet time alone with God to ask him to show you the blueprint for your life? Do you know what you were born to do and the assignment for which you were created?

In Habakkuk 1 and 2, Habakkuk complained to God about violent men. “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise” (Habakkuk 1:3). Like many people, Habakkuk was impatient and frustrated as he watched the wicked take advantage of the righteous. He longed for God to take vengeance for his people and to act on their behalf by repaying iniquity. Scholars believe that Habakkuk wrote this book while Israel was in captivity in Babylon. He appeared to be discouraged by the captivity of his people.

After Habakkuk’s second complaint, God’s response was to write down the vision. Habakkuk being a prophet was in a position where God would give him insight and revelation into the future. God wanted Habakkuk to write down what he saw and heard as a source of encouragement for the people. His readers would be able to carry out the vision and it would give them strength to carry on as they would have hope in what was to come. There are dreams, visions and desires that you have that are yet to come to pass. It is time to go before God in prayer and fasting and ask God to make it plain. Ask God to show you the next steps and to outline what he wants you to do.

We have to shut out the distractions and spend less time looking at other people. Spending too much time on social media can create pressure to conform with trends and patterns. It is easy to start to make comparisons with other people and develop a lack of contentment. You have a uniquely divine assignment that only you can fulfil. You have to spend time alone with God to pray and to listen to get revelation for your life. Stop waiting for a man of God or other people to tell you what you need to do. Develop the ability to hear from God for yourself. Other people should confirm what you have already heard or discussed with God. Once you have heard from God, write it down plainly and start to work at it.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3).

A.P.-Y.

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