January is the first month of the new year, and many found themselves making resolutions, starting a fast, setting goals, etc. This is all great, but if we don’t continue in the things we started, we won’t see the end results that we desire. The same applies to the vision that God has given us. We can liken it to giving birth to a child. The point of conception is when we first receive the vision, which is simply revelation from God. Just like a child needs proper nourishment, and periodic checkups with the doctor, the same needs to happen for our vision to be birthed.
Habakkuk 2:1-3 says:
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
The first point we need to take from this passage is that we need to become the watchman over the vision. A watchman is the one who seeks God through prayer and the word. As we watch in prayer, God will answer us and give us further direction and clarification. This revelation comes by way of the 3rd person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, many of us understand God, and even the role of Jesus but often forget that the Holy Spirit is the one who leads and guides us into all truth (John 16:13). So as a result, we walk around confused. It’s imperative that we establish a relationship with the Holy Spirit, in order to birth our vision.
Secondly, we must write the vision down in such a way that it will stand out when it is read, not only by us, but others that will be a part of bringing the vision to pass. We have to understand that the vision we receive is not just about us or just for us, and we can’t make it happen without others. Writing the vision represents preparation. Lack of preparation is a hindrance to the manifestation of the vison.
Thirdly, we can’t get ahead of God. The vision is for an appointed time. If we get ahead of God, we will find ourselves spinning our wheels, so it’s important that we don’t allow impatience to hinder the vision from manifesting.
Lastly we have to wait. Waiting does not simply mean being still and doing nothing, but encompasses praying, studying the word, and not allowing doubt to creep into our mind. The enemy will try to use doubt to cause us to give up, but although it may seem to be taking longer than we think, we must continue to wait. In our waiting, we are strengthened and receive power to soar and see the vision from a higher position. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).”
So I want to encourage you on this last day of January to keep pressing. Don’t doubt and don’t give up. Know that birthing your vision will allow you to walk in your God given purpose.
Be blessed but first comes obedience!