I want to first praise and thank God for His faithfulness in 2016. We truly have an amazing God and He has blessed each of us beyond all measure.
I know that many of us have had some major ups and downs in 2016, but God was faithful through it all. As we thank Him for His faithfulness in 2016, let’s ask Him for a fresh vision in 2017. Perhaps this fresh vision is with our work, or our personal lives or a ministry – maybe all three!
“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 2:3).
In order for our dreams to come true, we must first have a dream. The same applies when we want to see our vision fulfilled; we must first have a vision. I know many leaders who do not have real direction; nothing in life they are passionate about. Life is difficult, even boring without clear direction that inspires passion.
“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law” (Proverbs 29:18).
If we want the vision to be a God-inspired vision, then we must pray and wait on Him to answer. We must always remember that His work will be accomplished only with His tools. So, once we have the vision from God, we need to dedicate time and energy to it. We also must discipline ourselves to stick with the vision He gives us when things get difficult following that dream.
Without vision we are often bored and passive in areas of our lives where we ought to be passionate. In that state of mind, bored and passionless leaders will tend to quit over the smallest problem. The reason they feel like quitting or if they actually do quit is because they don’t have a godly vision for their lives. We must remember that every vision comes with problems, challenges, persecution, gossip, trials, obstacles and opportunities. We must learn to manage the obstacles that accompany the opportunities.
Problems and challenges do not steal your vision. Read (Exodus 1:12). The more the Israelite’s were persecuted, the larger they grew in number. Look also at the life of Joseph (Genesis 41:52). God blessed him in the land of affliction! With God’s help we can stay focused, which will keep our vision alive.
May God help each one of us know His vision for our lives and grant us the grace needed to be faithful to that vision.