Wednesday 23 May 2012


What happens if the dream or vision God has placed in our hearts faces a setback? It seems as if we have come face-to-face with a brick wall.

Sometimes we get discouraged that we’re not moving any closer to the vision God has placed in our heart. We may even think of giving it up.


However, if a vision seems slow in materialising, wait patiently; for it will surely take place (Habakkuk 2:3).

William Carey, who had a vision for lost souls, faced this predicament. After labouring many years in India, his printing establishment and manuscripts were destroyed by fire. But he persevered. Later, this self-educated cobbler translated and printed God’s Word into 40 different languages and dialects. If Carey lacked the faith or patience to cling on to the vision God gave him, he would not have seen the fruits of his labour.

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
(Hebrews 6:11-12).

Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land.
(Psalm 37:34).

Yes, faith and patience are needed if we are to possess the Promised Land, if we are to come into the fullness of the inheritance God has in store for us.

But we also have to ask ourselves: “Have I heard God correctly? Is it God’s will indeed, for example, for me to leave my job and go to China to teach? Have I sought the counsel of my church leaders or trusted friends? Have I rushed through the decision-making process? Is it like a ‘spur of the moment’ thing after I was challenged by someone? Have I waited over a period of time for God to confirm what I thought was a clear leading from Him? 

1 comment:

  1. When God gives us a wide door of opportunity, it does not necessarily mean we are on easy street. “For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). There will be critics and naysayers and, of course, the devil would not let us rest easy. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).