The process of vision

“God is working on us, preparing us for our purposes through the process.” - Dr. Myles Monroe

We know that vision is important. We also know that vision stems from purpose and our purpose comes from God. But how well do we understand the process of vision? Recognising that there is a process helps us to remember that our vision doesn’t take place overnight, but it’s a process of learning and character building.

I like the story of Joseph (Genesis 37 – 50). At the age of seventeen, God gave Joseph a dream. In his dream Joseph’s family were bowing down to him as if he was a king. When Joseph told his family, they despised him and his brothers first stripped him of his tunic, threw him in to a pit and then sold him as a slave. But this was only to be the beginning of what was to come. His master’s wife would then lie and accuse him of rape. Hence he would then go to prison where he would be forgotten for many years. Eventually he would be released where he would then become second in command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. Wow! When God gave Joseph the dream He didn’t tell him that he would go through so much injustice before it came to pass. Imagine if God told him all that he would go through. He would have probably said something like “Thanks for the offer God but I think this dream is for someone else. I’m not ready for all that!”

“…knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance character; and character hope.” Romans 5:3-4

Sometimes we might question it, but God really does know what He’s doing. God not only wants us to get to our destination but he wants us to finish well. Every challenge, every tribulation, every mistake and every test of our faith is part of God’s mechanism of building our character. It never feels like it at the time, but when we look back we can see that it’s worth it. If God showed us all of the pain in the process of vision we probably would avoid that path. So instead what God does is direct our steps. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” Proverbs 16:9 What God is really saying is ‘Look, stick with Me because I’ve placed the vision within your heart. You keep planning your way and I’m going to make sure you end up in the right place.’ God works with us one step at a time because He knows what we can handle. That’s why God says we must walk by faith and not by sight. We must walk according to what we truly believe God has placed in our hearts because what we see around us can seriously alter our course.

We need to take to heart the process of vision so that life’s setbacks and challenges don’t force us to give up. God continues to work in us and through us sharpening us and bringing out the best until the end where the vision speaks.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” - Florence Scovel Shinn

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