Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 14, 2019
And the Lord said to me, “Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others. But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:2-3, Living Bible
I heard a sound bite last week of an emotional and grateful Dabo Swinney (Clemson’s head football coach) from his first press conference. “I want to tell everyone to dream big and believe, because dreams come true, and today I am very humbled that one of my dreams has come true”. Growing up in adversity, Dabo learned hard work motivated by character resulted in good outcomes. Many say he has built the best culture in college football to influence and equip young men for lifetime achievement. Powerful! In just the same way, God wants me to trust Him with my big dreams.
Representing an oppressed people the prophet Habakkuk looks to the Lord for His vision of what’s to come. Will they be set free from abomination and injustice? If so, when? What is God’s vision for His people? Habakkuk did his part to “stand at my watch” in defense of his people. In solitude, in stillness, high above on the ramparts he prayed and looked to the Lord for a divine vision of what was to come. In silence, ‘his doing’ was devoured by the divine, ‘his being’ ready to receive the vision. The Lord instructed him to write down words delivered by the Spirit to his captivated conscience, clear and concise, as his soul soaked it up. Linger, wait on God’s timing.
“Whatever you do, do it as service to Him, and He will guarantee your success” (Proverbs 16:3, The Voice).
What big dream is in your heart? The dream of a family one day? A family who loves each other, who enjoys each other’s company so much they can’t wait to be together? The dream of a work culture where everyone works hard for a compelling purpose, but equally serve one another above themselves? A place of employment, where you can’t wait to get to work? The dream of a life not so full of drama and pain, but one of stability and healing? Relationships, not perfect, but growing and fulfilling? A community of like-minded friends who really know one another, but still cherish and love one another? Dream big dreams, trust God for their reality.
Linger with the Lord as you wait for Him to do His work in and through you. Allow ‘your doing’ to be devoured by God’s love, so ‘your being’ can be fully loved by Him. For out of your place of peace and contentment will Christ take you to the places you need to go. Confusion may seem to be in charge, but you can trust Jesus to have the last word, and to use bad to accomplish good. Write down what the Spirit is saying to your soul, yes documenting is risky, because you may fail. Better to fail by faith than not to do anything out of fear. The just live by faith. Dream big dreams with your big God and watch Him do big things. Slowly, steadily, surely watch God work!
“Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires” (Psalm 37:4, TLB).
Heavenly Father, by faith I trust You to align my desires with Your desires and for you to give me the desires of my heart for Your glory, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
What big dream do I need to keep dreaming? Or, what big dream has God given me that requires me to be humbly grateful and generous to share with others?
Better to fail by faith than not to do anything out of fear. #wisdomhunters #bigdreams
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