Then the Lord answered me and said, record the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that reads it…” Habakkuk 2:2
Habakkuk 2:2 is an often quoted scripture when a ministry or church desires to move forward with a corporate vision. Yearlong vision campaigns have been developed and implemented connected to this verse. Conferences and seminars have been created with this verse as the main theme.
I have witnessed people getting excited when they hear this verse being proclaimed by a pastor or teacher. They will shout, give their neighbors high fives and dance around the sanctuary with great enthusiasm upon the declaration of this word. There have been songs and books written about Habakkuk 2:2. Needless to say, this is a very popular verse when it comes to talking about writing a vision.
It is sad to report that after hearing this powerful verse proclaimed many people still have not made the effort or taken the time to write their personal and/or family vision. It sounds inspiring and motivating to hear a teacher or preacher proclaiming, “Write the vision and make it plain…” However, I have come to discover that it takes more than just an inspirational message or weekend seminar about vision. It takes a concentrated effort to take the time to write your vision and an unwavering commitment to implement it.
Habakkuk was perplexed about the situation that was happening around him. He could not understand why God was doing the things the way He was doing. He was confused with God’s direction. His confusion led him to ask Him two key questions. “How long O Lord will I call for help and you will not hear?” “How can you use the Vision 20 Babylonians who are more sinful than we are to punish us?” Habakkuk needed some real answers to his questions and God was the only one who could provide the answers he needed.
I believe now is the time to unlock the power of your vision. After spending quality time studying and meditating on Habakkuk 2:1-4, I extrapolated seven keys to unlocking the power of your vision. I believe that if you implement these seven keys your vision will have a powerful impact on your family, friends, community, city, country and ultimately the world.
Key# 1 -Vision is revealed to the person in the position to listen.
For you to unlock the power of your vision from God you must first reside in your personal watchtower to listen for His directions. In ancient times, the watchtower was built on city walls so watchmen could see enemies or messengers approaching their city while they were at a distance. From the watchtower, they could see the enemy approaching and alert the people in enough time to prepare for battle. The watchman and watchtower were used by the prophets to emphasize an attitude of expectation. Habakkuk went to his personal watchtower expecting to hear from God. He knew that this was the place and time to listen to how God was going to answer his perplexing questions.
Do you have a personal watchtower that you can go to hear from God? Wherever your watchtower may be; a room in the basement, the living room after everyone is asleep, an early morning walk or a quiet place in the park, you have to get alone with God. You need to make sure your time alone with Him is uninterrupted. When you go to your watchtower you need to put away your mobile devices, turn off the television, close your Facebook page and tell your family and friends not to disturb you unless it is a serious emergency.
Your daily time in your personal watchtower is your time to meet with God and hear His directions. You cannot afford to have any distractions. When you go to your watchtower you will need to take with you some tools; a bible to read and study what He has to say, I prefer the New King James Version or the New American Standard Bible. You will need a pen and paper or a journal to record what He speaks into your life. You can also take your Vision Impact Workbook to record the answers He will give to you to form your personal and family vision statement. The last thing you will need to bring is an open and receptive ear to listen to His guidance.
When you come to God in your watchtower, you do not have to come with any games or gimmicks. You do not have to have the right words to say or a special prayer formula. You do not have to have all your ducks in a row or all the correct answers. You can come to Him in an honest, humble and specific way to let Him know what is on your heart and mind and the God of the universe will respond with His directions for you.
Key# 2 – Vision must be written down.
You need a clear guiding vision that belongs to you and directs your life. You cannot be valuable to God’s ultimate plan if you do not know and understand your personal vision. Whether you are young, old, married, single, middle-aged, black or white, if you do not have a clearly written vision plan you can become easily distracted, discouraged or discontented by the circumstances of life.
We learned from the first key that you have to get alone with God in your personal watchtower to hear from Him. Habakkuk received a vision from God in his watchtower of what would eventually happen to the Babylonians. He did not instruct Habakkuk to just think, pray and talk about the vision, but He instructed him to write the vision He was about to reveal. God knew that a written vision would solidify it in the people’s hearts and minds.