The People of God: A People of Vision
In 2 Peter 1, Peter is writing to the people of God telling them of the
qualities (graces) that the child of God should ever be adding to their lives.
After completing this list Peter says, that a man that “lacketh these things
is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged
from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:9). Peter makes it clear that he people of
God are to be a people of vision. Even though every child of God might
experience a decline in their physical vision, Peter talks about possessing
spiritual vision as we live our life for the Lord.
A Vision Based on God’s Word
In thinking about God people being a people of vision, it must be
understood that this can only be true as long as one keeps and respects the
authority of God’s Word. In Proverbs 29:18 we read, “Where there is no
vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The
wise man points out that the blessed man is the man with godly vision
that keeps God’s law. Many might claim to be people of vision, but are
doing things contrary to what the Bible teaches. As Peter and the wise
man point out, God wants His people to be a people of vision, a vision
based upon faith as the Christian sojourns through this life (2 Corinthians
5:7, Hebrews 12:2). Paul writes to the church at Rome concerning
faith saying, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
of God” (Romans 10:17). Therefore, the godly vision is based on what
the word of God teaches.
A Vision That Sees as God Sees
Godly vision, which is by faith, means that the people of God will
begin to see things as God sees things. An example is seen when Samuel
went to the house of Jesse to anoint a king of Israel. In 1 Samuel 16, the
sons of Jesus come before Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel. The
Lord told Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of
his stature for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the
outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
The vision of the people of God will be a vision that will see things as
God sees things.
How often our spiritual vision is based on our
thoughts and desires. We look at the outward man and
think we see clearly as God sees. We must learn that we
may be pleased with self, but God may not be pleased.
In Matthew 7:21-23, we read of people that in their
view or vision of things were faithful and pleasing to
God doing “many wonderful works.” Again in Matthew
25:31-46, we have the judgment scene depicted
and people being told they had not done what the Lord
required of them. In their view, they were serving the
Lord, but the Lord said, “ye did it not.” When one
sees as the Lord sees, he will see the eternal things as
opposed to the temporal things or the inward as opposed
to the outward.
A Vision That Looks Ahead
With godly vision, one will not be blind to the
spiritual things and forget “that he was purged from his
old sins” (2 Peter 1:9). Rather, he will see his forgiveness
of past sins and will put to death these sins (Romans
6:1-2, 6). He will also see the new beginning he has
in his life by the sacrifice of Christ. This godly vision
will be the kind of vision of that Paul describes himself
saying, “forgetting the things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto the things which are before, I press
toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
In the life of Joseph, he exhibited a godly vision
throughout his life. Joseph was sold by his jealous
brothers and became a servant in Potiphar’s house. He
refused the advances of Potifar's wife resulting in her
telling lies about him and having him cast into prison.
While in prison, he continued to trust God. Finally,
he was released from prison after interpreting Pharoah’s
dream and is given a high position in the land of Egypt.
After the death of Jacob, Joseph speaks to his brothers
concerning the evil they had done against him in the
past by saying, “But as for you, ye thought evil against
me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it
is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).
Joseph trusted God through all the struggles that he
experienced and continued to look ahead for his reward.
Truly, God expects His people to be a people of vision;
that is a godly vision. A vision that will see as the
Lord sees, not just seeing the problems and mistakes of
the past, but the hope and assurances of the future. A
vision that change our attitudes and our outlook during
our pilgrimage on earth. May we ever strive to be the
people of vision that God desires.