“Do you have a vision?”
Proverbs 28:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”.
One of Webster’s definitions of vision is; the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight
Vision can also be something perceived in a dream, something supernaturally revealed in a prophecy, or something that is imagined.
Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (NKJV)
A car has:
- A windshield that is in front of the car so that you see clearly or have a clear vision of what is in front of you. The person driving the car has to be able to see where they are going.
- Two side view mirrors. These mirrors assist the driver with seeing what is on the side of them before they make a turn left or right.
- A rearview mirror that usually is mounted on the front windshield. This mirror assists the driver with seeing what is behind them.
The windshield gives vision—the mirrors give reflections. On some mirrors there is wording saying “objects in this mirror are closer than they appear”. The driver of the car has to notice what appears in the mirrors, but keep their main focus on what is in front of them. If a driver pays more attention to what is seen in the rear view or side view mirrors, it won’t take long before the driver will run into something or cause an accident. So something that can be a help, can also be a distraction if it is focused on at the wrong time.
A person must refuse to rely on past virtuous deeds and achievements, or to dwell on sins and failures. When a person is driving, they occasionally look into the rear view mirror, or the side view mirrors. It is ok to remember past failures or negative experiences, if you are using them as learning experiences to help you with your forward vision.
Habakkuk 2:2 “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”.
Road maps give a person direction on how to get to a destination, and some vehicles have been equipped with a GPS that gives directions verbally. The bible is a believer’s road map, and the Holy Spirit is our GPS. When we read the word of God, it will give the reader vision and clear directions. When we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we receive verbal instructions and information.
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
When a person is driving at night, additional assistance is needed to help the driver to see where they are going, and to keep them from going off the road. The driver uses the vehicles headlights to assist with having clear vision of the road ahead. Depending on the type of road the person is traveling, the driver may use the low or high beam to give the driver better vision. Overhead Street lights, lane dividers and center lines also help the driver with staying on the right side of the road, staying in the proper lane, and not running off of the road into a ditch.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (NKJV)
Being successful is a Vision that many people have. On many occasions there will people, places and things that individuals will have to leave alone, in order to obtain that person’s Vision of being successful. When a person associates with the wrong crowd, or wrong things, they are not laying every “weight aside”.
Some individuals wear eyeglasses. Wearing eyeglasses help with compensating a person seeing clearly that has defective vision. The eyeglasses help a person see clearer than they would if they were not wearing them. Depending on the type of eyeglasses a person is wearing, the eyeglasses can also protect the eyes from blowing dust or bright light.
Just as eyeglasses help with a person seeing, there are also things that can hinder a person’s vision. A couple of them are:
- A cataract which is an eye disease in which the crystalline lens or its capsule becomes opaque causing partial or total blindness.
- A blindfold that can be anything that hinders the sight.
Sin can be a believer’s “cataract” or “blindfold”, hindering a person’s vision. But because of God’s grace and mercy, believers have a Savior that will remove “cataracts” and “blindfolds”.
John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”!
“Lord Jesus, thank you for removing anything that will hinder a person from having clear vision, that we may be able to see clearly, and not perish. In Jesus name”. Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev