Why your Vision got you nowhere


We are a people of Vision and we have a vision for everything we do or embark on. We have a vision of how our family would be, work would be, ministry would be and the list would go. Though some visions are what God reveal to us, we often make the mistake of hijacking your “neighbor’s” vision. We look over our shoulders and desire their calling than listen to what God has in store for us. This detours often leaves us angry, frustrated and always makes us wonder why doesn’t our dream bear any fruits. Paul has made it absolutely clear in 2 Timothy 4, that our life is a race that has to be prepared and run by you alone, you cant even outsource it.

I recently was meditating about this very subject because I have made my fair share of mistakes and I came across this scripture written by a minor prophet in the Bible. I believe my revelation will bless you and would help you make the necessary corrections that will help you be a World Shaker and a History Maker in our generation.

I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
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 2:1-3

Position Yourself

#1, Prophet Habakkuk positions himself on the walkway to receive from God. This is no coincidence, he was in fact prepared or has been preparing to receive from God. Very often our daily noise overwhelms us so much that we often don’t pay attention to what God has been doing or saying to our situation or circumstances. We conclude, God has abandoned us because the silence is eerie. We need to quieten our hearts to receive from God. This is key.

Wait and See

#2, He had to “wait and see” what God had to say! This is so strange! Isn’t it supposed to be “wait and hear”??! Prophet Habakkuk has been preparing to receive a revelation or a vision from God. Vision comes from the Lord. We often chase after our dreams and aspiration which are not from Him. We claim our neighbour’s promises and work hard on our businesses and work. No wonder we struggle and strive so much! We often make a mistake of even modelling our lives on our idols hoping that if we follow that “blueprint” we too will get our fair share of the glory. This thinking is ungodly and it’s often what the world tells us to do. Please note, there is no harm in learning from other people but modelling or imitating after earthly men without God’s approval is sin and doesn’t glorify God.
So what am I trying to say, you have to wait on the Lord for the vision and He will give you a glimpse into your future and when you walk with Him , He will will elevate you and give you strategies. The Kingdom of God is not a kingdom of instant glory, it’s a kingdom of legacy so everything takes time.

Write it down

#3, when He gives you the vision you’ve got to write it down. God explains why, it is for the runner to come and pick it up and bring it up to God. What ever you wish to manifest in your life, you have translate it in the physical first. Wishful thinking has never changed the world but actions that followed did. You have to confess and write it down what God has impressed on your heart to manifest.
There are many mysteries in the Kingdom of God, one of them is the role of the runner. I believe every petition brought to God from man is through a carrier, it can be an angel or Jesus himself but never forget to write your Vision down.

Timing is everything

#4, Vision that He gives you is set for an appointed time. I was so confused by this, why does He have to wait to bring your Vision to pass?! I realised there are a couple of reasons, 1. God is not a genie, 2. He deals with you first in preparing you to inherit His blessings and 3. Every breakthrough can happen only if there is a crisis.
Here’s one fine example in the Old Testament, Joseph could have been easily the Prime Minister of Egypt on the day he was thrown into the pit by his brothers and sold to the slaves but God did not. Because if He did, there could be a high chance that Joseph could’ve have used his position of elevation to see revenge on his brothers but instead God had to work in him and through him for Joseph to see the fulfilment of his vision. And only when Pharaoh was in need of an interpreter of his dream that was followed by the famine in Egypt could Joseph be brought out. Till then he had to wait otherwise there was no reason for his brothers or Jacob to comes to Egypt!

You will not toil

Lastly #5, your vision will come to pass and it shall not tarry. The path to fulfilment is a long and lonely road and if you continue to set your eyes on Jesus, He will lead you every single day.
Vision is like the finishing line and it will not help you run the race. You got to call on the Author of your vision every single day and ask, “what is it that you have in mind for me today?”. It’s a lifestyle of total dependence on Him that will lead you to your goal and this will lead you to a life of fruitfulness. Tarrying happens when you run the race on your own and end up using the wrong strategies and end up taking constant detours.
You were brought on this earth for a purpose and God has called you to bring His vision to pass. A Vision that’ll change the world and make it a better place than the day you found it. Let’s make amends with God and ask, “what do you have in mind for me today?” and write it down and be prepared for what’s in store.