What do you See?

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
(Proverbs 29:18)

God asks lots of questions in the Bible – not because He doesn’t know the answers, but to ignite revelation in us. One question He regularly asks is, “What do you see?”

Ask yourself this question now. What is it that you see – for your life, your future, your ministry? If you don’t see anything then ask God for His vision for your life. “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7).

In the search for your unique calling and kingdom mandate, it might be helpful to consider the following:

1. What do you daydream about? God is a dreamer, a visionary, a creative being. When He created the earth I like to think that He began by dreaming and imagining what could be. What He saw in His heart He then birthed. Since we are made in God’s image, we are wired the same way. What is it that you dream of doing with God’s help?

2. What are you passionate about? Passion and excitement are indicators of God’s purpose for your life. What is it that makes you really animated? Look to your passions for purpose.

3. What makes you angry? Righteous anger is also an indication of God’s call. What inflames your emotions? Injustice, lack, poverty? Indeed, what do you hate? As Bill Johnson writes, “What you hate tells me what you love.” Has God called you to change something in society?

4. Pay attention to open doors and circumstantial evidence. Often God will make His will clear by opening or closing doors. Bono put it this way: ”Find out what Godis blessing and join in.” Or Proverbs - “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

5. Listen to wise counsel. Henri Nouwen said that, “Deep friendship is a calling forth of each other’s chosen-ness.” If we are wise, we will be alert to hearing God’s voice, not just on our own, but through His saints. It keeps us humble and nurtures the interdependency of the body of Christ.

6. Keep moving forward. If, for now, you are not sure what it is that God has called you to do, just keep walking forward and He will direct you.

7. Once you have “seen”, focus on God’s power, not yours. It has been said that any vision that seems achievable is likely not from God. Once you see it, depend entirely on the power of our mighty God to see it accomplished.

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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