Connect the Dots
God is at work all the time (Psalm 121:3-4)1. He does not sleep or slumber but rather He is working to complete His beautiful redemptive picture and plan for mankind. He is working to rescue and restore our relationship with Him. He is also working to provide an abundant life for each of us (John 10:10)2. One of the tenets of Henry Blackaby’s book Experiencing God3 is to join God in His work. I believe all of us are willing to join God in His plan. However, can we clearly see the plan? Do we see God working in our lives and in our world? Do we give credit to God for the push and pull of world events? Do we praise Him and give thanks for the events which lead to victories and joys of life? Do we feel His comfort and embrace during those defeated and difficult moments that we face? We should not doubt His actions, power or presence.
Sometimes it is hard to connect the dots of God’s direct involvement in human history or in our lives. Are we looking at the situation in the right way? Do we have the correct lens to see God’s movement in human events? To clearly see God’s work we must look with new eyes and a new heart. To see the heavenly plan requires us to see with our spiritual eyes. We must see with eyes of faith. What will we see?
Do you remember the events of Elisha found in 2 Kings 6:13-17?4
“17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” NIV
With our spiritual eyes we will see the Lord as our shield and defender at work defeating the enemy.
Do you remember the words of Paul in the letter to the Hebrews?5
“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.” NIV Hebrews 12:1
With our spiritual eyes we will see a crowd of witnesses from the portal of heaven encouraging us to persevere and to be victorious.
In order for us to see the unseen, we must respond to God daily, seek Him on our spiritual journey. It will require us to surrender our human nature and put on the likeness of Christ. We must be a disciple of Christ. The daily dots of discipleship are there ready to be connected. Yes, we can connect the dots when we have the mind of Christ and when we have the eyes of Christ. Will you connect the daily dots of discipleship and see your eternal picture?
posted by Dr. R. W. Bobby Martin
Dallas Baptist Association exists to assist our churches individually and cooperatively in fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations.