Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, “Then the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Prov. 29:18 also tells us that where there is no vision, people perish. Although you might not understand all the details of your purpose, know that God has already laid out those plans. As a matter of fact, Ps. 139:16 says all the days of your life were laid out before even one day came to be.
There is a plan and purpose for our lives. Our Father God lovingly created us and wants us to know the path and plan for our lives. He says He will show us the path of life in Ps. 16:11. Notice that verse goes on to speak of being in His presence. As you spend time with God, particularly in His Word, He will reveal who you are ... to you! He will also begin to reveal His plans for you. The Bible tells us to write down the vision – as much as has been revealed by God. The vision will come forth. If there is no vision, people lose heart and even perish. It is encouraging and uplifting to know that God's plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. He also has plans to give us hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). The closer our lives draw to God, the closer He draws to us (James 4:8). As He draws near, He will reveal insights into what He had on His mind when He formed us in our mother's womb (Jer. 1:5).
The book Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren has opened many eyes that we were designed by God for a purpose, and “the living out” of purpose should be apparent within our daily lives. There is, however, one thing, prevalent in our society, that kills vision. That thing is busyness and distraction. Many of us are stressed beyond measure just living out our daily routines; we take little to no time to look at the big picture … the direction in which our lives are going. Ps. 37:5 says to “commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
I will very simply address how I commit my way to the Lord as an example. On Sunday afternoons, I've made it a practice to spend a lengthy period of time with God. I read the Word and pray to my Father in heaven. I also sit down with my calendar for the week and commit it to Him. I speak to Him about the vision for my life (as best I understand it) and I commit that to Him as well. I ask Him to align my thoughts with His thoughts and make His priorities my priorities. I speak forth His Kingdom coming and His will being done in my life that I will walk in a more excellent way. I feel such a sense of peace when I conclude my time with my Father. I feel that “my world” is under the control of Almighty God. Prov. 3:6 says that “in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” I acknowledge Him over my life, invite Him in, give Him control, and He directs. My desire is to hear “well done” one day. That means that I must live deliberately, not allowing the world and its pressures to consume my focus, energy, and time. I pray that you will prepare for the vision in your life to come forth as well.
Notes from a Counselor's Perspective: When I counsel people who are trying to find their way in life, I hear one question resoundingly. It is "what is my purpose?" From years of wrestling with this question in my own life and grappling with it in the lives of others, I have learned two things about purpose: 1) It is frequently found where you have had pain in your life. Many develop a heart of compassion for those who have suffered similarly. From that heart of compassion, your purpose will arise and become apparent. 2) God has placed gifts and talents in His creations. As you grow and develop the talents you've been given, you will find that these gifts are just what you need to carry out the work you're commissioned to do. Your talents point you to your purpose. Please consider these things!
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The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Ps. 37:23