By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11
A. We want to focus on God’s vision as a model for our own.
B. Many success stories involve hardship and failure.
C. Characteristics of a good role model include morality, confidence, hard work, a respectful attitude, and optimism.
D. Consider God as the perfect role model. (Psalms 18:30) What is His vision for us?
E. The context of Jeremiah 29 finds the people of God in Babylonian captivity.
I. Vision requires focus.
A. God knows what He wants for us. (“I know the thoughts that I think...”)
1. There is no darkness in God. (1 John 1:5)
2. His knowledge extends to the very heart of man. (Luke 16:15; Acts 1:24; 15:8)
3. We cannot have His degree of knowledge, but must decide what we want.
B. His vision had direction. It was focused. (“…toward you.”)
1. There is no variation or shadow of turning with God. (James 1:17)
2. He is always the same. (Malachi 3:6)
3. God’s love for man is seen from the beginning. (Genesis 1:26-31)
4. His love is clearly seen in the plan to redeem man. (John 3:16)
5. Our vision should be focused on that which is most passionate to us.
II. Vision is always for something better.
A. God wants the best for us. (“…thoughts of peace and not of evil…)
B. He wants all to be saved. (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
C. He gives us things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)
D. He comforts us regarding end times. (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
E. Our vision for ourselves, family, and church is for things that are better.
III. Vision looks to the future.
A. God’s vision is about the future. (“to give you a future and a hope.”)
B. This world is passing away. (John 11:24; Matthew 24:35;)
C. My vision should be about eternity, not on this earth. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Colossians 3:1-2: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.