Welcome to Part 2 of our discussion on God's voice and vision for your life. Last time, FirstCov'er Melissa Falde touched on three ways that we can be intentional in hearing God's voice, knowing His voice, and engaging Him in the conversation. Check it out here. But what about when you don’t know God’s vision for your life? If you are like many, the blind spots and blurred vision when it comes to lining up our life goals are real and often a hindrance in staying the course God has set for us. Read below for three straightforward approaches to find God's vision for our lives.
The Eyes Have It
Any good photographer can tell you that with the right lens, perfect images are at your fingertips. The camera lens is the key tool to change and improve the quality of the images, in fact they can even help transform simple snapshots into stunning works of art.
I can't help but think about how God can see our whole life story, from beginning to end; He sees the whole picture. Conversely, we live in the simple snapshots of each day; don't get me wrong, our minds travel to the past and dream of the future, but the whole of the story seems unwritten, or not captured in our own line of sight.
In the recent years, I have given much thought to Earthly eyes versus heavenly eyes. Let's read what the Bible says about what God's eyes see:
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
In this world where gray matter reigns, this verse is refreshingly black and white; God and I see things differently. I don’t need to interpret it any other way. And I am grateful that He sees otherwise, because that means He sees me differently than I may see myself.
Another verse that captivates me is 1 Kings 6:17, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked around and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
This verse is incredible to think about, that our earthly eyes are blinded to the heavenly actions happening around us. We are told in Scripture that there are very real spiritual battles being fought here on Earth, we just don't have the right lenses to fully capture them. But don't fret, God's vision for our life is far beyond what we could have imagined.
In the same way we sought out hearing God’s voice, we need to be intentional to identify God’s vision for us.
1. Expect to See God Work
If you are in Christ, you are given an assurance of being connected to Him and His Spirit. Let's be eager to see what He has in store for us. We know that He never sleeps, so we must infer that He is always working. Romans 8:28 reveals that “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
There it is. If we are in Him, He is working; and not only that, He is incessantly working for our good.
This idea of being expectant in our hope to see God work is scattered from Genesis to Revelation. In fact, the Greek word for "eagerly wait" occurs seven times in the New Testament for Christ's return. (Romans 8:19, 23, 25; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Galatians 5:5; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 9:28) We have an anticipation of something worth waiting for.
2. Know His Vision
The Bible says that while we live here on Earth, we do so by faith, because we have not yet seen. So how does it look (pun intended) to pursue the path God is making straight for us?
“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
Do you have a spouse or best friend that you immediately know what their response would be given a difficult question? How do you know that? When you spend time getting to know someone; their habits, their loves, and the ins and outs of their personality, you are able to determine their stance on most topics.
Similarly, to begin to know God’s vision for us requires some work on our part; getting to know Him through reading His Word, through conversations with Him, and through prayer. God's plan for our lives is down to the very detail of each day, but do not get discouraged when God doesn't give you the entire road map right away. Psalm 119:105 says, "Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path."
A lantern will not illuminate the ground more than a few steps ahead of us, and God may not give us more than a few simple steps to take onto our next journey. Don't overlook the small details God is placing in front of you by trying to peer out too far into the distance.
3. A Two-Way Street
I have a dear friend whose life motto is, “God’s got this!” In the Old Testament, the book of Jeremiah is full of this same encouragement. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Just three chapters later, Jeremiah declares the greatness of God to say, “great are Your purposes and mighty are Your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; You reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.” 32:19-12
What I can reasonably discern from these verses is that:
- God has a plan
- His plan is for our good
- He sees our earthly actions and rewards us appropriately
Today, let us be children of God, eager to anticipate His voice and vision for us, but also a people eager to open our Bibles, eager to pray, and eager to rest in Him.
I recently heard that the book of Proverbs is like a book of personal messages from God on how to live a life that brings glory to His name. Proverbs 2:1-5 writes about the benefits of having God’s wisdom in our lives, “My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight, and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
We find His will for our lives when we acknowledge His Words, store them within us, listen to the wise and apply it to our heart. But we also must call and cry out to Him to begin to comprehend the treasures He has hidden within us. It is then, that He will illuminate our next step and as we are faithful, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6)
Take a few minutes to check out the music video below, "God I Look to You". Rest today in knowing that our God reigns and we have the assurance that He desires to be in relationship with Him. It is there that we will begin to understand His vision for our life.