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Be Thou my vision

by Erik Momsen

Who knows what the next ten years in world history will bring?  Will the United States invade an African country?  Will the States become the place nobody wants to visit for fear of terrorism?  Will South Africa become the next tiger economy?  What will the future look like?

The same uncertainties rule in the personal lives of most people in the developed world.  Were will I live in ten years?  Will I have work?  Who will I be married to?  What problems will my children and I manifest?

A generation or so ago someone sang; "There are more questions than answers and the more I find out the less I know?"  This increasing uncertainty is driving people mad.  Mental health is at an all time low because of all the uncertainty and choices.

As I see people all around me being crushed by this weight of uncertainty it becomes increasingly clear that we need a bright morning star to keep our course by.  We need a radical unaltered focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.  When the pressure, the unknowing and the fear seems to be crushing on we "fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith".

EYES OF FAITH

Hebrews 11:32-39 describes great trouble, a faith that transcends generations, a promise yet to be fulfilled and a great Coach to set our eyes on as we run, not hobble, to the finish line.

"Whose weakness was turned to strength" - A constant Biblical message that our weakness in faith, is turned to God's victory and strength.

"Were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection" - Under persecution they looked to the real and only goal and reward of life.

"These were commended for their faith" - We are firstly rewarded for faith and not success.  Faith however brings success.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."

 -  A picture of a stadium filled with people of faith who have completed their race.

 -  Other issues that are not sins in themselves hinder apart from sin that entangles.  Other "good things" prevent us from "running".

 -  Sin is the issue that will bring a runner down.

 -  A race has been marked out for you.  Nowhere in scripture do I get the idea that the runner gets the route map at the start of the race.  We want to know all the details before we will run for Jesus.  He only says, "Follow me.  I have marked out the route for you.  You'll see it as you go.  This is faith".

 -  "Perseverance" - the quality that brings about a great reward in God's workers.

 -  The keener we can fix or eyes on Jesus, the more blessed we will be.

 -  Jesus started our faith and is shaping it.

OUR VISION HERE AND NOW!

  • Jesus first and last.

  • Build a community of faith to help you stay focused.

  • Get each of you to the starting blocks to run your race.

  • See the victory fallable men and woman can have through faith.

On of the most popular hymns in the English speaking world is "Be Thou My Vision".  It doesn't say, "Improve my vision" or "Heal my vision".  The next two verses also start "Be Thou My Wisdom (battle shield)".

We might now say "Be my eyes" , "Be my thinking", "Be my defence".

"Jesus my eyes, Jesus my mind, Jesus my strength."

Date Added: 2010-06-01

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