“A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past” (P.K. Bernard)
When God predetermined our destiny, He gave us vision to fulfill His purpose. God’s vision demonstrates insight, oversight and foresight through his sight. Throughout history, God has used vision as form of communication to his people. To fully understand the power of vision, one must clearly know its definition. Vision is the faculty or state of being able to see; an experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition. To accurately achieve God’s vision, we must act in faith, the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Our vision is connected to our faith. To activate the vision, we must stimulate our faith.
“Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tables, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it, for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
As a teen mother, out of frustration, I longed for a mentor. I can recall praying to God for the guidance and support of things that I lacked. Years later through a dream, God answered that prayer with his vision. Using my faith, I started a nonprofit organization called Finding Destiny. The desire to yield to God’s Will allowed me to follow his purpose. I’ve learned that many times our vision differs from what God has for our lives. This causes delays and setbacks in our journey. Will God honor request that are different from what He has designed? Of course, but only if we include him. We should fast and pray about every yearning we have in life.
Like my story, God gives us multiple examples of His plan demonstrated through vision.
Abraham (Genesis 15:1): God reminded Abram that he would have a son and be the father of many nations by a vision to restate the Abrahamic Covenant.
Daniel (Daniel 2 and 4): God placed Daniel in a position of power and influence, as He had previously done for Joseph. He allowed Daniel to interpret a foreign ruler's dream. Daniel himself had many dreams and visions, which were mostly related to future monarchies of the world and the nation of Israel.
Paul: Paul had several visions throughout his walk with God. He was sent to preach in Macedonia (Acts 16:9). He was also encouraged to keep preaching in Corinth (Acts 18:9). God also gave Paul a vision of heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1).
Zacharias (Luke 1:5): God used a vision to tell Zacharias that he would have an important son. Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, had their son John the Baptist.
John (Revelation): Revelation is a John’s vision while he expatriates on the island of Patmos.