VISION, PURPOSE AND PLANS

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
(Prov.29:18 KJV)
 
“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
 
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
 
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
Jonathan Swift

2 And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.

3 This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming – it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”

(Hab. 2:2-3 MSB)

One thing is eternally certain about the nature of God: He is a God of purposes.

Nothing happens haphazardly with God. All His works are done according to His will, for specific purposes. Clear proofs of this nature of God abound in Scriptures. Below are key examples:

The Creation of the Earth

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good….” (Gen.1.31)

God saw everything that He had made and said it was very good. This indicated that God had a predetermined idea of what He considered to be good; and that He also knew what He wanted to accomplish in creation. That is: what was good. So, He knew when He had accomplished exactly that.

The Creation of Man

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” (Gen.1:26)

This is God saying: “Let us make man to a specific standard so that he will be equipped beforehand to accomplish a specific purpose or purposes on the earth.” Every part of the human being was made to serve specific purposes, both spiritual and practical. And on every man and woman’s palms since Adam, has been inscribed the spiritual codes for that person’s uniqueness and particular purpose(s) on earth.

Sustenance of the Earth

11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

(Gen 1:11-13)

By sustenance of the earth, what is really meant is the sustenance of all life forms created by God on earth. The Almighty and all-wise God from the very beginning devised a system by which life on earth will be preserved and renewed without His having to go through the process of creation every single time. Every man, woman, plant, fish, herb, and animal was designed to reproduce according to their kind.

According to the reference scripture, on the third day of creation – a special day to God – God created a system of reproduction of life on earth. He designed the trees and herbs and then packaged them in seeds and planted the seeds in the ground. He would later repeat the same process with the land and sea creatures, and then later with humans, packaged in male sperms and developed with female eggs, in wombs.

4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown.

For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;

6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food….

(Gen 2:4-7,9)

This reveals that the ‘plants’ created on the third day in chapter 1 of Genesis were actually seeds, as there was no plant growing until Adam was created later (on the sixth day). God first took water up from the earth and brought it back down as rain upon the earth; then He created man and gave him life; then the trees began to grow. What a process!

The End of the World

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Matt 24:6,14)

Jesus revealed to us the events that will unfold in time (which we are beginning to witness) and of the timing of these events. The end of this world as we have known it will come according to God’s plan, not by human schemes or scientific calculations.

The four instances highlighted above lay the foundation for the message in this book, bearing proofs that from the very beginning of time, God had plans: for the earth; for man, and all life forms subjected under him; for the sustenance of life on earth; and for the end of time.

The diversifying patterns witnessed in nature over time and the unfolding events in our world today occur not as some unexplainable scientific evolution. This is rather the gradual manifestation of God’s grand design: His Vision, Purpose, and Plans.

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