Author: Pastor Tim Oden
“Where there is no vision the people perish (or cast off restraint); but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
If you look up the word “vision” in Hebrew, it means:
Mental sight, a dream, a revelation or oracle;
To contemplate with pleasure, to look, to have a vision or prophesy;
By implication: a compact or agreement with God, as one looked upon with favor or approval.
The prefix is from an unused root that means “to enclose or restrain like a hog that is penned up.”
The implied idea here concerning vision is that God will give us a prophetic glimpse into our future bringing a pleasurable contemplation that will overshadow all other demands for our attention. When God’s dream becomes rooted in our heart, its fulfillment will become our all-consuming passion. The zeal to accomplish our assignment will restrain us from straying from the will of God (just like a hog that is closed up in a pen). God gives us the gift of redemptive vision so we will no longer live our lives hog wild! God’s agreement or pact with man is, that if they will align themselves with His plan, He will see to it that they have everything they need to fulfill their purpose. Your provision is only guaranteed at the point of your assignment!
"When God’s dream becomes rooted in our heart, its fulfillment will become our all-consuming passion."
The Apostle wrote in his letter to the Ephesians that God had predestined them to obtain an endowment of grace according to a predetermined purpose. He goes on to inform them that he is praying that “their eyes would be enlightened; that they may know what is the hope of His calling, and that it is for His calling that they are partakers of his promise, which is the supply of the Spirit.” (Eph. 1:18-19)
In this, we can clearly see that God will give us the power to accomplish His purpose. If we live a life outside of God’s purpose, there will be no power. Therefore, the abundant life we seek is in the middle of God’s plan for our lives. If this is true, then ignorance or indifference to God’s specific plan for our lives becomes our downfall. We must strive to define ourselves through our intimate times with God. Time with Him in prayer and in His word will enlighten our eyes to our true purpose. As we enter into a time of prayer and fasting this month, my prayer for you is Paul’s Ephesians prayer; “that God would open up the eyes and ears of your understanding, that you might know what is the hope of His calling.”
Declare this aloud:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
God, you said if I ask anything according to Your will, I know that You hear me, and if You hear me, I know I have the petitions of You that I desire.
Hebrews tells me that a covenant that is confirmed with blood is the end of all doubt. God swore upon His own name because there was no greater name on which to swear. If He said it, He will do it! The end!