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Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

HIS Vision not Tunnel Vision

      

 “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (perish).” Proverbs 29:18

The meaning of “vision” in this verse refers to having insight and to gain understanding. “Vision” can also be translated “revelation.” I believe our role as Christ-followers is to seek God’s wisdom and to discover God’s will for our lives. A part of following God’s will is to do things God’s way and in His time. Jesus prayer in the garden of Gethsemane was, “. . . yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39) Let’s not rely on our vision, how we see things; but ask God to reveal to us His vision, His “big picture” perspective.

My wife Dale and I were discussing the account in Numbers 13, where God said to send out spies to check out the land of Canaan, the promised land. Ten of the twelve spies brought back a negative report, listing excuses on why they shouldn’t and couldn’t possess the land as God instructed. Only Joshua and Caleb believed God. Dale pointed out that the difference between the 10 spies that brought back a bad report and Joshua and Caleb was “tunnel vision” versus “God’s vision.”  The 10 spies were focused more on the obstacles and challenges before them and relying on their own strength and ability instead of focusing on God, trusting in Him and relying on His strength.  They didn’t see the promised land in the same way that God saw it.

I encourage you to ask God to reveal His vision and His will for you and not rely on your own tunnel vision. God has great plans for you!

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

www.jimmiehalemission.com

 

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