Habakkuk 2:1-3 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, WRITE THE VISION, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision (goal or picture of the future) is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Whenever God wants to do something and build something to reach people, He starts with vision. Vision is the starting point to all our accomplishment and all our plans. We are here on earth to accomplish something as individuals and as a church. God will communicate things to us by His Word and His Spirit that will give us a hope, picture, or vision of a better future. The prophet Habakkuk is described as being in a position to perceive God’s will and hear God speak. Habakkuk, which is a Hebrew name that means “embrace,” got the vision not because he was special but because he was in a position to hear God and not dictate to God. He was eager to hear and open to correction.
The prophet Habakkuk, from the point of perceiving God’s vision, or the goal God wanted to bring to pass, was to write it down so that those responsible for accomplishing it could read it and run with it. Writing it out made it plain, clear, and easy for the people to understand it. The prophet was given a clear-cut picture of the future that could be written down and accomplished. The vision or goal would be able to guide the people’s activity for they could run with it after reading it. Without writing it out a vision, they would have nothing to guide their efforts.
The power of things being written down is extremely important. People who write down specific goals for their future are far more likely to be successful than those who have either unwritten goals or no specific goals at all. Written goals help us to crystallize thought, promote action and enhance communication. Research has shown that people who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them than the ones who didn’t. Telling someone close to you increases this rate to 78%. The reason is because it adds focus, motivation, and accountability. Sometimes we are afraid to write a goal down for fear we might fail and then everyone would know about it. We should write it down not out of fear but to help us stay focused and keep our faith on it.
Writing a goal down helps us to clarify what we want or specifically what God has purposed for us to accomplish. It also helps us to measure progress and to hold ourselves accountable. A clear-cut goal is readable enough for an outsider to grasp. Test yourself: If someone read your goal statement, would he understand precisely from what you have written down, what you are working toward (target) and when (the time frame it will occur, frequency, or deadline)?