Friday, February 10, 2017
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18(KJV)
In the last two days we’ve seen that vision or God’s revelation is what keeps us from wandering through life, and that kind of spiritual famine destroys God’s purposes and plan for our lives.
Now let’s take a look at the antidote for a lack of light for a follower of Jesus Christ!
CHAOS CAN BE WHIPPED BY OBEDIENCE.
In most cases a negative statement implies the positive opposite. If there is no vision or revelation, seeing restraints, there is chaos. The inverse then is that discipline towards God will end the chaos and bring peace.
Many of the Bible's heroes were men who were visionary, ready to see the discipline of God in their lives. Jacob learned the hard way. His life was chaos, as he tried to trick his way to wealth and position. But the vision of a ladder climbing up to God's heaven changed him, and put him on a path of learning and loving God. Jonah got enough chaos for a lifetime inside God's submarine. He repented and ran to the discipline of preaching in Nineveh. Peter messed things up on an incredibly regular basis; yet he went to the mountain with Jesus, and the vision of Moses and Elijah made him fall on his face in belief. Paul's life was angry and chaotic. He persecuted the church relentlessly. And then he met Jesus. His statement was what whipped the chaos in his life, Lord, what do you want me to do?
Applications of this text are many for each of us today. But there are some that are universal, and we can start there:
1. YOU NEED VISION IN YOUR HEART
Without obedience to God, the discipline of love towards the Father in Jesus, life is nothing but chaos. The only way to take a step towards God is via the cross. Accept Christ now if you have never done so.
2. YOU NEED VISION IN YOUR HOME
Every one of us has a home. Is it marked by God's control, discipline? Is Christ really the unseen guest at every meal?
3. YOU NEED VISION IN YOUR DAYS
Going to work, school, play, running errands or just relaxing....do you go to the Father for instruction?
4. YOU NEED VISION IN YOUR CHURCH
All our goals, programs, and all we do at church should have the discipline and worship of Christ as its target.
There is a story of a bloodhound that started a hunt chasing a huge buck. When a fox crossed the dog's pathway, the hound picked-up a new scent and chased after the fox. Then a rabbit crossed the trail, so the hound chased it a while. Later, the hound caught the scent of a mouse, and was diverted to chase even it to its lair. The hound began the hunt on the trail of a magnificent buck, and ended up watching a mouse hole.
God put each of us on this planet for the purpose of serving and loving Him. As our Creator, it is His sovereign right because He wrote the owner's manual. And there are many things that will dim the light of our vision and cause chaos. Our job is not chasing mouse holes, but growing in the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever caught yourself watching mouse holes instead of waiting upon the Lord? We all do that at least occasionally; the point begs an answer, what should you do about it?