Daily Devotional – 2/24/12 “Write your vision, make it plain!”

In the bible, Habakkuk is one of the few books that we rarely hear or even speak about but if you happen to read it, you’ll find it very interesting (I think). Let me tell you why. In Habakkuk 1, Habakkuk is complaining to God because he feels like God isn’t hearing his pleas and cries for help from the violence and evil people that seem to have overtaken their land and when he asked God why, God simply replied in Habakkuk 1:5, “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.” Habakkuk still complained because he felt as though God was allowing the evil folks to overtake the righteous and kill them but God replied by saying in Habakkuk 2:3 “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” See, even though God was answering a complaint by one of his people then, this verse still speaks to us today. Why? Because someone is questioning God about why he allowed death to come into their home or family, someone is asking God why they got cancer, someone is asking God why they lost their job, home or car and someone is asking God why are they alone but God simply says, “Listen to me and write my answer down and make it plain so that others might see.” See, after you’ve gone through your appointed storm or situation and you’ve gotten the answers to your questions or complaints, God says to write them down and share them with others, and this is called your testimony. Now, this isn’t about boasting but it’s about allowing others to see that even though you’ve been through the storm, you can still come out rejoicing. Even though it seems like you weren’t going to make it, you did and it was by God’s grace. On those nights when there was no food, God fed you! On those nights when it seems like you were going to toss and turn all night, God sent rest. These are the types of things we, as Christians, are supposed to share but after we go through our bad winter season, we pack away all the things we needed to survive it and never speak about it again. But Romans 15:4 say, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Many times, as Christians, we keep our struggles to ourselves but how can you tell somebody about God’s healing power if you never tell them about your healing? How can you tell someone that God can make a way when it seems like there is no way if you never share how he brought you out? How can you make a sinner in the world believe that God is a provider if you never tell them how he provided for you? How can you tell someone that’s grieving that their joy will return if you never tell them how you got yours back? Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD.” When you write your testimony down or even when you share by telling, it gives others hope even after you are no longer living. How else would we know about things in the past if we didn’t have history books? You ought to share the goodness of God with folks because not everybody can understand the King James Version of the bible, but your interpretation might just be what they need.

Now, writing the vision and making it plain can also be about you and your endeavors, whether business or personal. How, you may ask? Well, if you’ve ever been interested in starting a business most folks ask for your business plan, right? This is you writing your vision and your vision comes from God, so you’re still being obedient to his word. How can you plan for the future without writing your vision down? How can you teach tomorrow without writing your vision down today? See, your vision is simply a plan for a future event and just like God said, “If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Although it may seem like your vision is slow coming about, just wait and don’t be anxious because usually when you’re anxious you tend to make mistakes and bad judgment. Don’t rush, just wait. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Write your vision but make it plain and wait for God to guide you. There isn’t any sense in writing your vision down and no one can understand it, but make it plain enough for all to get. Trust in God when it comes to his word because he won’t leave you nor will he forsake you. Stop being bound by fear and step out on faith because faith is a belief in what you do not see but acting as if it is already done. Through faith you receive favor and favor makes you fruitful and being fruitful means you’re fulfilling the need and once the need is fulfilled then you’re rewarded! Not a reward by man but rewarded by God who keeps dropping blessings in your bucket even after you feel like you don’t deserve them.