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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Grasp Without Reach"


May 9, 2012


Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.

Proverbs 29:18

There is a difference between an ideal and a vision. An ideal has no
moral inspiration; a vision has. The people who give themselves over
to ideals rarely do anything. A man's conception of Deity may be used
to justify his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah argued that
because God was a God of justice and of mercy, therefore everything
would be all right. I may have a right conception of God, and that
may be the very reason why I do not do my duty. But wherever there is
vision, there is also a life of rectitude because the vision imparts
moral incentive.

Ideals may lull to ruin. Take stock of yourself spiritually and see
whether you have ideals only or if you have vision.

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?"

"Where there is no vision. . . ." When once we lose sight of God, we
begin to be reckless, we cast off certain restraints, we cast off
praying, we cast off the vision of God in little things, and begin to
act on our own initiative. If we are eating what we have out of our
own hand, doing things on our own initiative without expecting God to
come in, we are on the downward path, we have lost the vision. Is our
attitude to-day an attitude that springs from our vision of God? Are
we expecting God to do greater things than He has ever done? Is there
a freshness and vigour in our spiritual out look?

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