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God delights in stirring our imaginations with glimpses of the future. As we pay attention, these insights can coalesce into a vision of what God wants to do.

Vision creates a mental snapshot of a particular time in the future. This is what we see. This is what we can become. This is what can be accomplished.

To discern vision, we ask key questions, each from a different vantage point:

  • What is God doing now?

In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby reminds us that God is always at work. When we look for what God is already doing, taking care to notice even small beginnings, we can join in this unfolding work (Zech. 4:10; Mk. 4:30-32).

  • What has God done before that could be renewed in our day?

Our Redeemer God restores what has been lost and marred. God rejoices in turnaround miracles. What might this great God do, once again (Ezek. 37:1-14; Hab. 3:2; Ps. 126:4)?

  • What “new thing” could God do?

When earlier vision has collapsed, the Spirit delights to reveal a “new thing” that God desires to do. Amid setbacks, God may want to announce a new thing before it springs into being (Amos 3:7; Isa. 42:9).

As we ask such questions the word of the Lord will come to us, as it did to Jeremiah, saying, “What do you see?”

And when we see well, God will watch over his word to perform it (Jer. 1:11-12).


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