There is only one way to keep a vision alive and that is by being faithful to God, Abraham was such a man. In Gen. 12:1, Abraham is called to leave his father’s house. At the word of the Lord Abraham leaves his father’s house to depart into a new country. God did not say where, but he promised Abraham that he would show him. As Abraham willingly obeys God in the first step, God has promised to show him where to go after he leaves his father’s house. God will unfold his vision for Abraham one step at a time. Abraham had faith enough to trust God in making the first step. God assured Abraham that he would be with him to bless him, so that he would be a blessing to all the families of the earth, Gen. 12:2-3.
We must be patient as God works through the process of time. Sarai was barren for a reason that God had ordained. Sarai acted in an impetuous manner. She wanted to help God out. According to Gen. 16:2, she reasoned with her husband on the basis of what she could not do. So, she had Abraham to go in and have a child by his handmaid. It has always been forbidden by God for a man to have more than one wife. Gen. 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Sarai would confess her sin in v.5, “ And Sarai said unto Abram my wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom.” This sin would come between Hagar and Sarai. However, God would hear the cry of Sarai’s repentant heart, by restoring a relationship broken by the sin of adultery. God would not recommend abortion, but he would bless the child exceedingly. Isn’t it good to know that God can fix up our mess-ups.
The vision of the Lord is a promise to Abraham that will be fulfilled at a time of divine appointment. Gen. 18:10: “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” The word of the Lord is very clear on this matter of Sarah bearing a child in her old age. This vision seems to be utterly impossible. However, God would prove faithful in performing his word. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” V.14. Abraham and Sarah would once again know the pleasure of love. The word of the Lord said that his everlasting covenant would be upon Abraham and his seed, Gen. 17:7. “I will bless her and give thee a son also of her,” v.16.
When Abraham heard that God was going to make Sarah, who is now 89 years old, a mother (This woman has been barren all of her life), he fell on his face and laughed. Abraham could not comprehend such a thing as this. Even though Abraham did not see it or feel it, Abraham would act upon the word of God. He would embrace his wife, and love her by faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Heb.11:1. “Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him” Gen. 21:5.
If we are going to keep the vision alive, we must be faithful to prayer. Hab. 2:1: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower.” Prayer is the only way to remain alert. As we communicate and listen to the voice of the Spirit of Truth, God will unfold the vision of his glory manifested in love and power. We must be willing to hear the word of reproof and then respond in obedience. The prophet Habakkuk is concerned about the way in which he’ll answer to God, v.1. Only in a willingness to respond in obedience to the word of God, will God speak.
Let us be faithful to the word of God. The word of God is the visions of glory manifested in the life of the believer, v.2. No matter how great the turbulent storms of life, let us run the race with patience; for our God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Run the race with patience because the vision of Glory will surely come. Run the race with patience, for there is nothing too hard for our God.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time,” Hab.2:3. Through the process of time, God is unfolding the vision of glory for your life. Every day of life is divinely appointed. It may seem at times as though we are always living for tomorrow; and yet, it is in this present moment we chose the steps that will take us from glory to glory. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,” Ps. 37:23. To walk by the word of God is to have a lighted pathway in the midst of darkness. This light that we have in the word of God is a vision of glory.
“Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,” v.3. As we travel along the pathway of life there will be times of trial and tribulation. The enemy wants to steal your vision of glory. Be faithful to the vision of God’s word. God will perform his word. Whatever touches your life, God will use it to show forth his glory. Be faithful to the vision because it will surely come to pass. Let us not become lifted up in the pride of what we can do or what we cannot do, but let’s forever keep the vision of faith in what God will do in us and through us.
“Cast not away therefore your confidence,” Heb. 10:35. The target of the enemy is to get you to give up your confidence in the word of God. He will seek out whatever and use whoever to steal, kill and destroy. However, it really does not matter what Satan does, he cannot put his hands on your faith. Your faith is what you give up, when you give up on God. No matter what the cost, “sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Rom. 8:18. No matter what the cost, nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, “Rom. 8:39. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son,” Rev. 21:7.
After you do the will of God, you must have patience, Heb. 10:36. If we persevere through patience, we can receive the promise of God’s word; this is the fulfillment of the vision. We can be fruitful in every good work through patience. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister,” Heb.6:10. The foundation of every man’s work is going to be tried by fiery furnace of tribulation and persecution. But if we remain faithful to the name of the Lord Jesus, God will bring to pass the vision of promise.
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him,” Heb.10:38. Let us therefore pursue the vision with a righteous zeal. Give yourself completely to the vision of God’s word for your life. Yield all of your life give all that you have to Jesus. Do not draw back. There is only one way to keep the vision alive, we must be willing to faithfully live it. The just shall live by faith. A committed life lives in the vision of God’s word by faith.