Waiting for the manifestation of the vision

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
A number of years ago, God began speaking to me about all that He has in store for my future ministry and the instructions I received, also confirmed over time about the part I was to play in what He was about to do. However, as time went on, the seeming delay caused all sorts of questions and emotions to raise their heads up and I have subsequently found the more I entertained them, the fainter the vision became and almost like a mist, the dreams and visions began to fade away.

Hab 2:1-3 I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. "For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.…

The Matthew Henry Commentary says; "When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods of Providence (the protective care of God) we must watch against temptations to be impatient. When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, we must observe the answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, and providences; what the Lord will say to our case. God will not disappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hear what he will say unto them. All are concerned in the truths of God's word. Though the promised favour be deferred long, it will come at last, and abundantly recompense us for waiting. The humble, broken-hearted, repenting sinner, alone seeks to obtain an interest in this salvation. He will rest his soul on the promise, and on Christ, in and through whom it is given. Thus he walks and works, as well as lives by faith, perseveres to the end, and is exalted to glory; while those who distrust or despise God's all-sufficiency will not walk uprightly with him. The just shall live by faith in these precious promises, while the performance of them is deferred. Only those made just by faith, shall live, shall be happy here and for ever."

The key to the vision being realized is faith, for it is our faith in God and God's faith in us that causes patience (fruit) to manifest in our hearts. We always want to see the promises manifest now, but God is not linked to time as we know it and when He promises something to us, He can be taken at His word, for we know, God is NOT a man that He should lie.

Learning to wait in His presence, is the key that unlocks the promise.

I once shared a vision on this website that spoke about the "Road less travelled" and when the Lord spoke to me about this particular vision which He had showed me, one aspect that stood out in the vision was the small cabin found on the single dusty path. In the distance I could see the candle light through the window and the Lord told me when I asked Him what this cabin meant, "This is our meeting place", came the answer. Over the years as I have continued to travel on this path, the course set before me, I have found myself learning to embrace this meeting place, the place of His presence, and most often would simply sit and without saying a word waited (lingered, rested and postponed) my onward journey until the Lord spoke and gave direction.

Initially, my focus was on the vision and not on the One who is the Vision. My personality tends to run ahead of God and most often, I would have to be brought back to the place of waiting so that Holy Spirit could rekindle (revive) the original vision in me. Impatience is a vision destroyer, it eats away at the very fabric of the dream, like a rat eating its way through a cardboard box, it won't stop until it the vision has been destroyed.

I am writing this to encourage those of you reading this who think that God has forgotten you, or that the dreams you have and the visions buried deep in your heart will never come to pass, and to say to you, God is God of His word. Allow your faith to rise up in you. Allow Holy Spirit to speak into your heart the very words of the Promise and choose this day to sit still in His presence, to wait, to rest and to linger before the Lord in your special meeting place and to do so until the Lord brings it all to pass. 

Some will tell you that you have to do something more than to wait, but most often I have found, we simply interfere with the things God has planned for us and mess up in ways that only cause frustration. I am telling you to wait. My friend, if God has spoken, unless He has specifically told you what to do, waiting in His presence is the best thing you could do. God established the vision and He will bring it to pass. So, maybe it is time to step back and to be still and allow Holy Spirit to bring it all about. 

Brother Mark, I have heard it said, "I have waited so long and nothing has happened", but oh my friend it has, for all this time, God has been at work in you and you did not even know or recognize that He was already at work on your heart, for in order for the vision to succeed, you had to be prepared. 

May His grace continue to lead you as you learn to wait in His presence, for this my friend is the greatest part of the vision, God preparing our hearts for all that He has promised.

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...