During the 10th grade, our English teacher asked the class to respond to this question: What do you see yourself doing in your future?
My response was that I see myself fixing my tie in the mirror, picking up my briefcase and heading to the office. The moment I saw myself in the future, a vision was conceived. An impregnation of a vision took place. This vision gave birth when I found myself doing exactly what I wrote down 17 years earlier.
God said in the book of Habakkuk, “Write the vision, and make it plain.” When my English teacher asked us to write down what we saw ourselves as in the future, I did not know at the time I was applying God’s principle.
The scripture continues to say “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” Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV.
The word of God says in the book of Proverbs that without a vision, God’s people perish. Do you have a vision today? Do you ever find yourself asking, where is my life going? What is my purpose in life, or what did God call me to do? You are not alone.
Vision is a look into the possibilities of the future. Vision is a glimpse at what could be in spite of what is. It is the ideal reality formed by the imagination that possesses the power to “be.”
The word of God says that without the vision the people perish. Why? Because a vision gives purpose, when purpose is birthed, identity is revealed and directions are pointed out; hence, without purpose, there is no direction and so one gets lost.
Vision finds its significant place in one’s life by planting purpose in the heart. This helps to steer one in the way he should go. Purpose may be defined as the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something, the aim or goal of a person, what a person is trying to do or become. That something or that aim is the ideal reality that could be in spite of.
Purpose is the foundation on which the vision is constructed. It is the pillar that holds your vision up through the many challenges. It is the security code that activates the faith needed to pull that reality in.
From purpose comes direction. Purpose is the driving force that gives direction to a vision. Each day a visionary wakes up, he gets the sense he is on his way somewhere. If a visionary finds himself unoccupied, this makes him uncomfortable.
You generally don’t find a person with a map in his hand asking where to go. Likewise, a person with a vision has a sure destination. When you have a confirmed destination, especially, a God-confirmed destination, the scripture says, it is for an appointed time and shall surely come to pass. As we know, God is not a man that He should lie.
God has spoken in some of our lives, and what God speaks is the vision we conceive. However, we don’t always see the manifestation right away and so we tend to put it aside.
You might say to yourself, this could not be me; I don’t see the money. I don’t see the help. I don’t even know where to start. But when God places a divine vision in you, He makes provision for the vision. As you embrace the vision, God places you in the right place at the right time and He sends just the help that you will ever need to see the vision come to pass.
When I wrote down my vision as a youngster, it didn’t make sense. But when I look back, God has provided, and by His grace, the vision of a young high school student has been realized: I have a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Today I want to encourage somebody that God will do just what He said he will do. It is a dangerous thing to doubt God. Without faith it is impossible to please Him.
Step out in faith today and believe God. I don’t know what God has called you to do. But I am convinced God created all of us with a purpose.
I pray the vision will come to life at God’s appointed time. I pray the provisions that God has released with the vision finds you and the favor of God start showing up in your life.
Dr. Lincoln Coffie is senior pastor of Open Fire International Fellowship in Killeen.