“Just as human eyes need testing from time to time, to adjust for clearer vision, so is the Lord’s routine of bringing His perspective to focus with your eternal eyes.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 1, 2022
King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. Acts 26:19
Are you obedient to God’s vision for your life? His vision for your family? His vision for your health? His vision for your relationships? His vision for your work/calling? When you follow God’s vision your desires are compliant with heaven—aligned with an eternal agenda. Heaven’s vision may become blurry from time to time—but it’s in these times of testing that your humility and faith grow the most. Just as human eyes need testing from time to time, to adjust for clearer vision, so is the Lord’s routine of bringing His perspective into focus with your eternal eyes. Slow down, engage God’s test—re-evaluate His heavenly vision, and stay dialed in with eyes of faith.
Perhaps in his explanation of his heavenly vision, Paul was attempting to illustrate to King Agrippa the need for submission to a higher authority—King Jesus. With all power at his disposal this earthly king could easily forget at best and reject at worse that he was accountable to God. Every knee shall bow, not even Kings stayed seated on their thrones in the presence of divine royalty. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit hold the scepter of salvation for all. Paul’s obedience to heaven’s kingdom trumped any allegiance or worship of an earthly kingdom.
“It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God” (Romans 14:11).
Be wise not to run ahead of the Lord out of fear. Fear an opportunity may go away. Fear finances might not be available later. Fear someone may change their mind. Fear is the worse frame of mind to discern God’s best, while peace of mind tends to clearly see what Christ has in store for those who wait on Him. Also, be wise not to stay stuck in indecision—do nothing and miss following Jesus in the next season of His vision for your life. An overcautious faith can factor God’s ways right out of the equation for His will. Like Moses, follow daily God’s cloud of His presence and His Spirit will direct you in the way you should go. Next step, not too many steps.
Stay true to the heavenly vision the Lord has put into your heart, mind and soul. His present provision is one piece of the puzzle that will become clearer as time passes. When you look back on experiences—good and bad—it makes more sense that God’s ways were to guarantee He was glorified through your life. And, make sure not to dismiss the power of saying “no” to something good, so you can say “yes” to God’s best. If your “no” is broken for lack of faith, you may delay your heavenly vision’s culmination, until your life has passed. Focus with joyful obedience!
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3).
Heavenly Father, make my eyes of faith see clearly your heavenly vision, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
What part of God’s vision do I need to trust is in process and will become a reality in His timing?
Brooke Ligertwood: King Jesus
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