LENT DAY 36
My Vision vs. God's Vision by Leah Wiens
Visions Become Reality by Oswald Chambers
We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.
God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision. It is in the valley that so many of us give up and faint. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience. Just think of the enormous amount of free time God has! He is never in a hurry. Yet we are always in such a frantic hurry. While still in the light of the glory of the vision, we go right out to do things, but the vision is not yet real in us. God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the point where He can trust us with the reality of the vision. Ever since God gave us the vision, He has been at work. He is getting us into the shape of the goal He has for us, and yet over and over again we try to escape from the Sculptor’s hand in an effort to batter ourselves into the shape of our own goal.
The vision that God gives is not some unattainable castle in the sky, but a vision of what God wants you to be down here. Allow the Potter to put you on His wheel and whirl you around as He desires. Then as surely as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out as an exact likeness of the vision. But don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had a vision from God, you may try as you will to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never allow it.
For myself, I know that God has placed visions in my heart of the kind of person I want to be and the kind of life I want to lead. It's easy for me to come up with my own ideas of how I will bring these visions to life, and I can get discouraged when my life isn't charting the course I imagined. I can easily fall into the fear that my life isn't amounting to what it should be, as though I could somehow get in the way of what God has planned! This devotional serves as an incredible reminder to me of the faithfulness of God to transform me and my life. It may be difficult and it may not look how I imagined, but as I continue to put my God first, I can trust that he is creating something beautiful in HIS time and in HIS way.
Do you sometimes fear that the visions God has placed in your heart won't come to pass?
Prayer: God, help us to remember today that you are faithfully and intricately involved in our lives. Remind us that even in the difficult, unexpected and ordinary circumstances of life, you are always at work, molding us into the people You have called us to be.