Commentary By: Gordon King
Vision, hope, future. What do these words mean to you? Is your vision of the things of this world? Do you rely on the world to supply your needs, are you counting on your job to see you through? Is your hope based on what tomorrow may bring? Is your future aimed at your financial success or your ability to retire? Are you worried about your future?
These are all ideologies and thoughts of the world. Financial gain, job security, future wealth and retirement. Not that these are bad things, but to place your faith and trust in them is. Relying upon the world for support and survival.
As Christians we must put our faith and our trust in the Lord. He is our vision, our hope, and our future! The Lord shall supply all our needs and bless us with more if we place our trust in Him.
We should all seek the Lord in all that we do. Look to Him for our needs.
19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The Lord is with us always, believe and have faith and whatever you ask shall be yours, according to His will. Not according to the flesh, but to the spirit. Not of the things of this world, but of God.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.“
The Lord in heaven is our Father. He will provide for us, He will comfort us, and He will protect us. You must first place your belief and trust in Him.
6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Our vision should be of God, of the things of heaven, things which are spiritual. Not of worldly things, things of the flesh, carnal and sinful pleasures. These things are opposed to God and displeasing to Him.
3 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Our hope is in the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ! It is the promise of our inheritance, of our salvation, and of our eternal life with God. The hope that we will one day live in new, immortal bodies, forever being in the presence of the Lord.
1 Peter 1:3-5
3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
11 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Let’s not worry about tomorrow, for the Lord will supply all of our needs. Worry breeds more worry, and is a sin. It’s against the word of God, and is not from God.
34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want, He restores my soul, I shall fear no evil, You are with me, my cup runs over (from Psalm 23).
What’s your vision, hope, and future? Not yet sure? Believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him now as your personal Lord and Savior. Then you will know!
God Bless my friends! Jesus Christ is our Provider, our Protector, our Comforter, and our Savior! Amen