Without Vision the People Perish
When you are pursuing your destiny, and seeking God's guidance, the first thing you definitely need is a vision. Scripture tells us in Proverbs 29:18, where there is no vision, the people perish.
Often people come to God in prayer with no vision. They either don't have one God has given them or they haven't asked God for vision.
Steven Covey, once said in his book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People", begin with the end in mind." In other words, have a vision of where you want to go. Without a vision you'll go anywhere and everywhere. You'll have no goal. You'll have no destination. You'll drift.
Too many people are in this drift mode. Stephen Scott mentioned in his book "Mentored by a Millionaire", in his research, he found four classifications of people.
- Drifters (50% are in this category). According to his research, these are people who just drift along in life. Whatever life dictates with them, they just go with the flow.
- Pursuers (25%) These are people who pursue a thing until they hit an obstacle. Once they do they quit.
- Achievers (24.99%). These are people who achieve at some levels but not all levels.
- Super-Achievers (.01%) Super-achievers are people who achieve at virtually every level.
Looking at the above figures, you see that half (and it's probably more than that) just drift through life. They don't have a vision they are going after. They haven't asked God to give them a vision. They just drift...visionless.
This is also true of the Pursuers. They are fine until they hit an obstacle. This is another danger of not having vision. If you have a clear vision, an obstacle is just something to climb over. You'll be holding your vision and setting your goals according to your vision and not a goal someone else says you should have.
God gave Abram a vision. If you remember from scripture (Genesis 15:5), God told Abram to take his people and belongings and leave the land of the Chaldeans. He was to go to a land God was going to show him.
Genesis 15:5 says that "Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, ' Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That's how many descendents you will have'".
God showed Abram a vision of how many his descendents would be. In this way, he c wisould always visualize that vision in his imagination and remember God's promise to him.
You must have a clear faith vision. Let that vision God gives you be your guiding star. This is what happened with the three wisemen, whose story is recorded in Matthew, chapter 2.
The scripture says the men were guided by a star. The three wisemen followed that star that was guiding them and it led them to Jesus.
Have a clearcut, definite vision as you pursue your destiny, following your calling. If you don't have one yet, ask God to give you one. He will, because the people perish without vision.