Having vision, dreams, or goals is a super important part of life.
Vision gives us something to aim for and something to work toward. It is extremely important we choose to receive our vision from the Lord. Habakkuk 2:1-2a says, “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.’”
Habakkuk was a prophet in the Old Testament. One of the jobs of a prophet during that time was to hear from the Lord and then share what they heard – the vision – with the entire nation.
Talk about a lot of pressure! The word “vision” in this verse means “a revelation, a divine communication, a direct and specific communication between God and people.”
We read that Habakkuk put himself in a physical place and space to receive from the Lord. He stood, set, watched and then waited.
Something interesting can happen to us emotionally and spiritually when we physically act upon our faith. His physical act of obedience put his heart in a place to receive from the Lord. And what happened? “Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision.’”
On March 25 of this year, my wife and I started a 40-day prayer devotional together … and it only took me about 60 days to complete! We have some big life changes coming and we wanted to ensure we had God’s vision for our family and future. Not our vision, but God’s vision.
Similar to Habakkuk, we set ourselves in a place physically to get our hearts in a place to receive spiritually.
We didn’t and don’t want to follow our hearts. We want to follow the heart of God.
We didn’t and don’t want to follow our truth. We want to follow Jesus, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
We stood, set, watched, waited, and just like Habakkuk- then the Lord answered.
The last two months or more of intentionally setting our hearts to receive from the Lord have been incredible! I want to encourage you to set yourself in a place so you are also able to receive vision for your life from the Lord as well!
Joel Juni and his wife, Jennifer, are the pastors of Restoration Christian Church in Park Rapids.