(For the The Prayer Challenge Devotional)
Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
A vision for your life is very important to have. Without a vision, and without a strong hope for that vision to be fulfilled, actions and choices are simply random and certain things that ought to have meaning lack it. The vision we have should be in line with God's will and purpose for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 declares, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." As we submit to God and obey Him daily, we get closer and closer to that "expected end."
Our purpose is fixed; God created each of us for a specific reason. Our destination and destiny, however, are not fixed. They are directly affected by the choices we make each day. Our destination is where we end up. Our destiny has to do with how we are when we arrive at our destination. If we make choices while thinking from a short-term perspective, we could miss what God has for us and wants to do through us concerning the long-term things.
So we've got to think long-term. We've got to ask ourselves, "how will this action here or that one thing spoken to another person impact not only myself, but also others now and in the future? Am I in line with what God wants me to do? Am I setting myself up for a bright future?" If you struggle with any or all of those questions, then it might be a good time to take a personal assessment of your life and the things around you. Hopefully you have the right goals, tools, and resources that will take you to that "next level," as we often say nowadays. If you're dealing with the contrary, seek God about who and what you should be connected to so you can fulfill the vision God has given you. When you have sight beyond sight, when you can see beyond the present circumstances that you see in front of you, you can then make some necesssary changes and please God. As you seek God more and more, prayerfully you will see things less and less from a temporary perspective and more and more from an eternal perspective.
Prayer Focus: Lord, help me to grasp the kind of sight I need in order to fulfill what you have called me to fulfill. I thank you now for clear vision. Thank you for helping me to see beyond my present temporary circumstance to catch a glimpse of what the future holds.
Study Focus: Proverbs 29:18; Jeremiah 29:11; Joel 2:28; Habakkuk 2:2-3; Ephesians 5:15-16
Reflection: Sometimes we can get so stuck on our present situations and circumstances that we forget to consider the importance of vision. When you keep in mind your God-given vision, you set certain goals that are good and healthy for yourself and for those whom you might be leading. Feed yourself truth daily so the vision will live strong. For we know what happens with the absence of a vision. So keep looking forward. The future is bright!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.