Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
My wife and I sometime back had some dear friends of ours over and in the midst of our conversations my friend Steve shared that he liked to read things that talk about the BIG picture. Think of a puzzle for a moment. Perhaps when you were growing up, you, like I did, found recreation in putting puzzles together. My father taught me to set up the puzzle box in a way that I can always see the picture, and to always begin by laying out the boarder of the puzzle first and then to fill in the middle. Each piece is important and living out the BIG picture takes time. What can we learn about the BIG picture from putting together puzzles?
1. Always have the BIG picture in view. “Where there is no vision people perish.”
What is our life supposed to look like? My dad instructed me through puzzle box, so I could have a point of reference to go by. When one starts and finishes a puzzle it should start to look like the picture on the box. To the sports fans, the scoreboard becomes the point of reference when the goal is winning. Many have quoted the famous verse from Jeremiah 29:11, “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…” We have a God that always sees the BIG picture, a God that has a plan, a blueprint for our lives. Can we even see a glimpse of that plan in our lives? Helen Keller the famous American author and educator who was blind and deaf, 1880-1968, said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” When we don’t have a vision, the BIG picture of things in mind, Proverbs tells us people perish. The cross was a BIG picture of Noah’s ark, Jesus on the cross was the BIG picture of Isaac on the altar; Jesus’ sacrifice was the BIG picture of Yom Kippur “the day of atonement, etc… Since the beginning (Genesis 3:15) God had redemption as the BIG picture. Our point of reference, our “box to look at”, is Jesus Himself, and every facet of our lives should reflect the BIG picture. Thank God He sent us an example (John 13:15).
2. Each piece is important, designed, and shaped to fit somewhere in the BIG picture “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps”, Proverbs 16:9
You have an important place in this world, but the level of appropriating that is in your consultation of God’s will, and walking obedient to His plan. Your life successes or failures have a ripple effect on the BIG picture that God is trying to accomplish in and through your life. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God prepared in advance our place in the BIG picture of His plan. An important question is “where do I fit in?” For those of you that know, are you staying on that road, and can you see the BIG picture, looking back, and looking where you are now? For those of you that haven’t answered the question, this is the very question, when answered which will give your life purpose and meaning. Who wants to live a meaningless life? “Thy will be done,” should spill from our hearts as it did from heart of Christ. His will for you is in His Word, read it for yourself.
To be continued…
Application: Do you have a vision, a BIG picture mentality? How does God’s will fit into your plans, or how do your plans fit into God’s will? Blessings Pastor Phil