HOLD ON TO YOUR VISION 1. Saturday, November 9.
Proverbs 29:18 says that people perish for lack of vision. If a person has no vision for the future, they will live recklessly and likely end up in ruins. In today’s Bible reading, Paul said he had a ultimate purpose, and that’s why he always kept his body under control. When I see someone’s lifestyle, I can tell whether or not they have a vision.
I remember a time in the 1980s when I was about to finish a 40-day fast, and a pastor visited my office. He saw me lying on a mat, very weak from not eating for over a month. At that time, ECRAD had an auditorium that was 100 x 50 meters. When he saw me in that state, he said, “Why are you fasting so much when you already have the largest auditorium in Africa? What else are you seeking?” I ignored him because he couldn’t see what I saw. To him, I had reached the pinnacle of success. However, I saw an auditorium as large as a city, and I needed to master my body to fulfill my vision.
Joseph saw the future, and that’s why in Genesis 39:1-12, when his master’s wife asked him to lie with her, he said, “I cannot offend the One who gave me dreams about my future. I know where God is taking me, so I must exercise restraint.” Hebrews 12:2 says joy was set before Him. The joy of seeing many souls reconciled to God.
Many members of my family and friends thought I was crazy when I moved my family to what is now Redemption City many years ago. They said, “How can you, a university lecturer living in a mansion, move to this jungle without electricity? They saw a jungle, but I saw a city.” Hebrews 11:8-10 says Abraham lived in tents because he saw a city whose maker and builder is God. What have you seen for your future? How are you living your life today to achieve your dreams?
If you truly have a vision for your life, that vision should drive you to be awake while others sleep and to continue when others give up. Do not lose sight of your vision for the future; focus on God, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
This text is an excerpt from the book “The Open Heavens 2024: A Daily Guide to Intimate Communion with God 2024” written by Enoch A. Adeboye.
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