Devotional July 2019
What is your vision
I urge then, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone; for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives. This is good and pleases God our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2. NIV)
In the last devotional we thought about how we need to develop the right passions to shape our lives in the most godly way. Now, continuing with that theme, we are thinking about our vision. Society pushes us to push to fulfil our destiny and spiritually too we are taught to seek God for personal vision. I believe that vision is key to living motivated and effective lives but beyond that, God wants us to commit to His vision of making His kingdom of love and mercy known in our world.
So in this passage in 1 Timothy 2, Paul gives us some keys to the vision of living powerful godly lives. Firstly he encourages us to pray - for everyone! How is your prayer life? I am not great. I pray if I feel burdened for a particular situation but soon stop once the crisis has passed. But do we understand how powerful ongoing prayer for our world is? It releases an atmosphere of godliness, holiness and the very pleasure of God. God’s vision is that all men be saved and come to know him and he has chosen you to be part of that. As Paul’s words in this letter shows, prayer is vital.
Do you feel that you don’t have much to offer and your prayers don’t count for much? Your value to God is nothing to do with popularity or success. All God wants is for you to belong to Him and live as His beloved child and heir, to align your prayers with His purposes and to reach out to others with his love in your own unique way.
Sometimes I feel inadequate socially because of my deafness and try to hide behind looking good or achievements. Maybe you feel inadequate too? Don’t strive to be noticed or conversely hide yourself away, for you surely display God’s beauty just by being who you are. God told me once that I was more beautiful to Him than everything else he’d made. I’d felt more like a blade of grass than a beautiful flower or majestic mountain, but this word deeply touched my heart and brought needed emotional healing. His love and truth now motivate my prayers and actions, fuelling a longing that others understand His amazing love and delight in them too.
What is your vision? There is nothing more wonderful than discovering the reality of God’s love for you and then seeking how you can share it with others.
Thank you Father, that you’ve chosen me, to be part of your vision to reach this world with your love. Please help me to pray today and do something for someone that will reveal the beauty of your love for them. Amen