A Fresh Vision
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. ~Habakkuk 2:1-2
Today is the start of a new year. Old things are passed away, and all things are become new. We start a new year with a clean slate, new goals, and an optimistic outlook. Our first devotion of the year challenges us to have a fresh vision for our life.
There is the essential for a vision.
Habakkuk said that a vision is “yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie.” Vision is the ability to see things the way they can be. It is a painted picture of how something should turn out. It is the needed ingredient for successfully getting from point A to point B. It is the energy that propels an ordinary leader into an extraordinary leader. Vision sees things from a big-picture view. A well-thought-out vision is the difference between a great year and a good year. We must have a vision to survive. We are told that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Pray for a fresh vision for the New Year.
There is the establishment of a vision.
A vision for our life must be spiritual. “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me.” We must separate ourselves from the distractions in our life and go far enough and high enough away to allow the Lord to speak to us. A vision for our life will be specific. It will be specific to our circumstances, our setting, and our life. A vision for our life should be sizeable. It should be something much larger than us and outside of our normal comfort zone. It should challenge our faith and prayer life. A vision for our life should be strategic. For it to succeed and come to fruition, it must have a plan of action attached to it.
There is the exercise of the vision.
Habakkuk said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables.” Write out the vision, and then, summarize it in an easy-to-understand statement. Attach to it the steps that you will take and the intended dates for accomplishing your vision. Review the action plan and dates at least once per week to see how well you are doing in seeing this vision come to life. Take time to write out your Bible reading and study goals. Write out your prayer goals. Write out your spiritual service goals. Write out how the vision will be accomplished.
There is the engagement of the vision.
Habakkuk said, “...That he may run that readeth it.” Vision is caught more than it is taught. When a vision gets a hold of you, you want to do something about it. You are inspired to move forward with great enthusiasm. You inspire others around you to catch your vision. You will not be fulfilled until the vision is fulfilled.
Edwin Robinson became blind and deaf after a truck accident. Nine years later, he was struck by lightning and, within hours, his vision and hearing were restored. On this first day of the New Year, perhaps we need the Lord to strike us with spiritual lightning to stir us with a fresh and holy vision for a satisfying and successful New Year. Wait on the Lord to give you a vision that will inspire you for your best year ever.
Have an inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 1-3