Day 16 – Jan 16 – Keeping the line of vision

Today’s verse:
Mathew 4: 9
“And he [Satan] said to Him [Jesus], “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”” (NKJV)

The context of today’s passage is after Jesus got baptized under John the Baptist (Matthew 3), He is led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4). Satan gives Jesus three opportunities – first, turn stones to bread, second, throw Yourself down from the top of the temple and land safely and third, he offered Jesus all the glory of this world if only Jesus would worship him. Satan offered Jesus food, protection and fame.

We are offered the same in this world. In fact, we work hard for all of this. Food for us, our families and sometimes even for the people around us. Protection – we all need it in this world. We know it is not a safe place to be in. And fame. Ah! The moment’s glory! The spot in the limelight. The flashes of cameras and the everyone looking at you.

And I am sure, Jesus saw that too. I imagine Jesus taking a pause on the top of that mountain. The view was breathtaking. He had come here to be king after all. Here was his chance. His opportunity.

So what stopped Him? I believe it was His vision. He saw beyond what He saw from that mountain top. He did not see just the boundaries or the huge resources it held or even the people in it. He knew all that He saw would fall apart one day. What He saw was not going to last. But He knew of a place that would last – a place He called home. A place where He knew there were people waiting. Angels waiting. Loved ones waiting. He realized this is not it.

Jesus’ vision saw beyond time’s boundaries. He saw the generations to come. He saw you and me. And He realized that if He accepted that offer, the generations to follow wouldn’t stand a chance. He had come with a solution – God’ solution and had to make sure the instructions were followed exactly the way it was said in the Directions To Use.

Do you realize that we have lines of visions too? Do we see what is before us or do we look beyond? Are we limited by the things of this world? If you are, remember – when you have a bad day in life, it shall pass and if you have a good day, it too shall pass. Our line of vision is beyond this world. Beyond what we see. And there will come a day when we will go where we belong – home.

Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 39-40 (Old Testament), Matthew 11 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

2 Corinthians 12: 9
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (NKJV)Aren’t you glad you don’t know everything? I know I am. It is a relief to know that I do not have the answers to everything I come across. I am glad I don’t have to worry about everything. And I am glad Someone else is in charge. I am happy that He has control and the knowledge to match it.

Paul had a problem. Some say it was a medical issue. Some say it was spiritual. Whatever it was, Paul was disturbed by it and he wished, like a lot of us, it would go away or be taken away from him. But God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul did not want strength. He wanted healing. He wanted deliverance. He would rather walk free than take each step in pain. He would rather do it himself than having to depend on others.

These are not answers we want to hear. We want our problems resolved instantly. We want instant solutions. Sufficient Grace and Strength In Weakness are not cans we would pick up in the supermarket. We would rather take something that says “Instant Relief” or “Do-It-Your-Way Solution”.

Paul had a problem and God says, “That’s fine. I will give you the strength you need to get through it.” When God says that, you need to realize He is giving Himself to be with you through the situation. He is willing to wait it out with you or take the bus or walk with you.

What is God telling you about your situation? Are you looking for answers? Will you be willing to settle for grace? Willing to be strengthened in your weakness? Maybe you don’t know and that is perfectly fine. Just remember not to fight him. You will be surprised how amazing his grace can be and the only thing you need in your situation.

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