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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Opening My Eyes to God’s Vision

In review of Psalm 119:18 it says, “Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.”

Bottom Line:
Open my eyes to discover the wonderful truths that come in your Word.

What this means to me:
Allow me to open my mind to be able to see the wonderful truths that come from your Word.

God’s Word, the Bible, is filled with many examples of people getting God’s vision. People like, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, Jonah, and Micah. Seeing God’s vision for own life is not a crazy thing. I’m learning that God will often use a mental picture to clarify the next step he wants me to take.

Traditionally I’m not a visual thinker. I tend to think more in words, rather than pictures. In order to get God’s vision I can:

First, ask God a specific question. In my quiet time, after I’ve read the Bible and prayed, and being quiet and waiting before God. I could ask, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” And then wait. “God, is there anything I need to know that I’m not thinking about?” And then wait.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking” (CEV). God wants me to ask him for advice, and he wants me to be specific. He’s waiting for me to ask!

Second, look into God’s Word to see what God might want to say to me. Psalm 119:18 says: “Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law” (TEV). I can use this verse as I pray as I open up God’s Word. Every answer to every problem I have can be found here. I just need to read, study, memorize, and meditate on it as I seek God’s vision for my life or even just for today.

Its often hard to be still. I’m use to so much stimulation, noise and distractions taking place. I need to just make time to be quiet and to calm my mind and thoughts so that I can hear Gods voice. Also, given the internet, fast food restaurants and microwave ovens, I’m so used to getting information and things quickly. This makes it more difficult to wait on anything. I used to getting immediate answers. It something doesn't happen quickly, I get impatient.

While I do spend time being quiet at home, it still seems rushed, as I want to get through some prayer time, eat breakfast and get on the road for my commute to work. I may just need to get up even earlier so that I can be quiet and listen to the Lord.

So far when it comes to vision from God, I get that he want’s me to be an example of a life that follows him. Then to share my experiences, counsel and mentor others.