The beginning of a new year is a good time to reevaluate our life, especially regarding our relationship with God, our Lord and Savior. If you haven’t done so yet, I pray His blessing as you pursue His new task for you.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
A friend equates the year 2020 with eyesight vision of 20-20, something we probably all would like to have. Because mine is not, over the years I’ve had to have new eyeglass lenses to fit the necessary changes in my vision. Besides the ability to see with the naked eye, the word vision also means to foresee the future, using our imagination and wisdom.
Isaiah, Jeremiah and other biblical prophets received spiritual ideas, dreams and visions about the future directly from God. Even today God uses certain modern prophets to predict future happenings. Most of us, however, envision what’s ahead through our original ideas and imaginings. And followers of Christ often find them through Bible study and prayer.
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your … old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28) Perhaps God is leading you in some future endeavor. Perhaps His vision for you concerns your business, your health or your family. Most importantly, God may be encouraging you to draw someone to His Word and presence. His dream or vision for you may be a total surprise, a new thing entirely. Often He uses our talents and gifts to achieve His purpose.
In whatever manner God leads, if we choose to pursue His will, it will bring great results. However, any vision requires certain elements to succeed.
We must be focused, for instance, determined to avoid outside pursuits that may pull us away from our purpose. Faith and risk are required also. They reap huge rewards. And let’s not forget boldness. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not our natural tendency to be bold enough to take risks but necessary in order to make inroads toward positive results.
Anything we pursue that involves faith, risk and boldness involves sacrifice, another success-requirement we like to avoid. None of us want to deny ourselves of pleasure and satisfaction. In dieting, for instance, many of us know how hard it is to give up unhealthy foods for those needed to achieve our goal. To do so requires our daily attention. Someone once said, “The person who fails to plan, plans to fail.”
When we choose to pursue His visions for us, we can expect change to happen within ourselves and others, as well as in outside forces such as economies and politics.
Thank You, Lord, for visions. Cause us to remember in 2020 and beyond that with You all things are possible. Open our hearts and minds to recognize and then to pursue Your visions for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.