Vision for the Future

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By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. - Hebrews 11:8-10

Are you able to “see” into the future?

The great heroes in God’s Faith Hall of Fame found in Hebrews 11 had that capacity to see the unseen. Abraham went forth, not knowing where he was going, for he was looking for a city whose architect and builder is God (verse 10). Moses rejected the treasures of Egypt and endured hardship with the people of God because he was looking to a future reward (verse 26). And of course, we run the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

People of great faith have the capacity to see the future, visualizing in their mind’s eye what could be, instead of fixating on their current circumstances. Setting your mind, your thoughts, and your expectations on the here and now can lead you into a rut where you make no progress in who you are or what you can accomplish. On the other hand, seeing the future potential can get us unstuck, moving forward, with hope of a better tomorrow.

The more precisely you can see and articulate your future vision, the more likely you are to see it realized. It becomes the target at which you aim. Imagine shooting at a target. You don’t just point in the general direction of the target. Rather, you fix your sites on the bull’s-eye, and if you hit it, it was no accident. It was right where you were aiming.

Do you have a future aim for your life?

Submitted by:
Tom Short

Tom Short Campus Ministries
Columbus, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
2 Kings 15:1-16:20
Acts 19:13-41
Psalm 147:1-20
Proverbs 18:4-5

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