Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 2, 2010
“The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.” Ezekiel 12:23 b
God delights in vision fulfillment, because what He initiates—He completes. A God-sized vision is what wakes us up in the morning. The reality of engaging in something much bigger than ourselves is humbling and at the same time compelling. The greater the vision—the greater the faith required. Our capacity to trust needs to keep pace with the expansion of the vision. If not, we begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious and defeated.
This is why it is critical to follow God’s vision for your life and not your own contrived one. God’s vision for you will always have the tension between trust and terror. His vision will wake you up in the middle of the night in wonder. I wonder if there will be enough money. I wonder if this will work. I wonder if we have the right people to pull off the next phase of growth. I wonder. I wonder. I wonder. Do your wonders worry you?
Moreover, let the wonder of Christ’s provision consume you and these other wonders will pale in comparison. Say in your heart, “God, because your provision is wonderful I will wait on you to provide. I will not force things to happen in my timing.” It is the wonder of God and His timing that you can trust. The Lord is never late and rarely early, therefore, He can be trusted. His vision is fulfilled in His way, in His will and in His timing.
Furthermore, His will is not a half-baked vision. It is one that comes to full fruition in all of its facets. He already has the people, money and resources needed to fulfill your vision. Perhaps He is waiting on your character to grow and mature. You need a make over from the Master. Your current character may lack the capacity to handle the success and responsibility that awaits His great vision for you. Let Christ mold you into His vision bearer.
Hold your vision with an open hand and pray. Your big idea may need to be expanded beyond a small scenario. Do not base your vision of what has been done in the past. Define your vision by what God can do in the future. Heaven’s infinite resources are the only limitations for the man or woman wholly submitted and obedient to the Lord.
You may need to keep your vision between you and God. Others may not be ready yet, or they may try to talk you out of following this God-sized assignment. Pray about it. Stay focused by faith on what needs to happen next. Do not get stuck in the inertia of what needs to happen in the end. Be faithful today and tomorrow will take care of itself.
Patience and faith are two key ingredients in a vision’s recipe. Over time glimpses of what’s to come will compel you forward. Stay tethered to trust in Jesus. Be humble and bold in the power of the Holy Spirit. Vision fulfillment is His expertise. In God’s mind the vision is already fulfilled. So—trust Him—enjoy the process—see the vision unfold.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Is my vision God-sized and will I remain faithful, even when the vision seems dead?
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