Thought for today: Vision – Man what a big word that encompasses so many things and avenues that lay in front of every believer, the more I have been seeking God for mine…He keeps speaking back to me focus… and I looked over to the right of fb this morning and on my page there is a camera with a person’s hand around the lens turning it bringing it into focus… I think it is kinda like this, if you have ever used and SLR camera manually then you can take a picture and have a person standing in the middle and blur them out and it take a picture of the whole vision… Yet if you want to key in on the Person then you have to adjust the lens or focus it in order to bring everything into balance. Habakkuk 2: 2And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. I have been meditating on this scripture daily and looking at it and pondering the things of God for my life daily…And those are good things to do… I love the end of vs. 4 “but the just shall live by his faith…” Faith in the vision for my life? No, Faith in the giver of the vision Father God. Going back to my analogy of the camera, we are the hands that wrap around the lens and the eye that looks through the lens, God is the Camera and the Lens, the Picture that we are trying to take is the landscape and person, it is the vision. God allows us to look through His camera and we have to do the work of bringing the picture or vision into focus, we have to trust in the instrument we are using(the Word) and when we see things out of focus, it doen’t mean it is not a part of the vision or picture, but that “3For the vision is yet for an appointed time,” and as we progress in the focused things that God has for us right now, in time as we get more and more experience with Camera the instrument( the Word of God), we become more and more confident of what we are taking and doing for the Lord…. Though it wait…it shall speak and not lie…wait for it… I love it… God says it is okay to wait on him… 2 Chronicles 7:14 “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” Sometimes God brings things together and what He is teaching me is this, as we pray together, we are waiting upon His timing… It does not mean we abandon the Vision, it means we simply learn to wait…something most of us are not good at…lol So if your picture(Vision) is a little blurry, don’t chuck it and get discouraged, wait upon God, put your hand to the lens and pray like never before…I can tell you this don’t expect a good picture if you don’t look through the lens(the word), Paul said I press toward the mark…. It is an action statement that he is saying I must keep my eye on it to arrive there. Each day is a training experience for us as we go through the manuel for the camera on how to use the instrument correctly…Paul told timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Our Picture(Vision) should be approved by God or Pleasing to God, being a cameraman that needeth not be ashamed of his or her work, but having rightly interpreted God’s word wherein lies our Vision… And it brings all things into balance and makes them grow beyond measure, bringing forth a Harvest for the Master…. I hope this blesses you and challenges you as it has been me… Have a tremendous day in the Lord…Focus right where you are at today and let God work in and through you…!!!
Pastor Ron Crandall