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May 11, 2021

THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 11 May 2021

Are you a reactionary or a visionary? People are generally one or the other. The reactionary individual primarily responds to circumstances and situations, whereas the visionary is dependent upon revelation. The circumstances that you will encounter today, and everyday thereafter, will force you to decide whether you are going to be a reactionary or a visionary individual. Will you react to circumstances or depend upon revelation?

Proverbs 29:18 declares, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is one who keeps the law.” The Hebrew word (para’) translated “unrestrained” literally means “to loosen” (essentially to lack restraint). You may have experienced the truth of this proverb in your own life, as have I. If I am only reacting or being dependent upon what circumstances dictate, I will be unrestrained (lacking restraint) and will say and do things I often will regret. God would rather have us be visionaries not reactionaries.

Consider the example of Peter in John 18. A massive group of Roman soldiers and Temple police came to arrest Jesus. Peter would have none of that! He drew his sword and removed the right ear of the high priest’s servant with it. Luke’s Gospel (22:51) tells us that Jesus touched the man’s ear and healed him. The last miracle that Jesus performed prior to his crucifixion was to heal a mean that a reactionary disciple butchered.

Peter would indeed sheath his sword. He had a tendency to be a reactionary: primarily responding to circumstances and situations, but, when filled with the Holy Spirit, he would become a visionary. Acts 10 narrates how Peter was praying, and while waiting for food to be prepared, God gave him a vision of “an object like a great sheet,” with food, that according to Leviticus 11, was unclean for Jews to eat. When told he could eat the unclean food, Peter (as a reactionary) refused because he was dependent upon the circumstances surrounding him. He would become a visionary when receiving the revelation God gave to him. How can you become a visionary?

First, recall that Peter was praying. When the prophet Habakkuk was struggling with concerns, he was in a tower waiting to hear from God, and the Lord did indeed answer him. Of course, we should not expect God to speak audibly to us as He did in former times, yet do not neglect times of quiet to pray for the Lord’s direction, and how He does that is to bring Scripture to mind or the indwelling Holy Spirit gives peace and strength regarding decisions.

God’s Word to Peter seemed to contradict everything he previously knew. Many times God’s Word today, the Holy Bible, challenges us with applying it to our lives. But that is the second point. You become a visionary through illumination: the understanding and consistent application of God’s Word.

Lastly, you become a visionary by God giving confirmation. Peter had God’s Word, yet he “was greatly perplexed in mind," which is understable. He was hungry and then had a vision of food; it was easy to think it was all imagined, yet God confirmed his Word by sending three men to knock on Peter’s door. God gives that confirmation today by his Word, the Bible, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and the opportunities that God places before you and the people the Lord brings into your life. Seek the Lord in the decisions you are making (as opposed to being a reactionary) and pray that God will grant you confirmation, which He will do, as you seek Him in prayer and through his Word, the Bible.

Your Missionary-Pastor to Our Leaders,

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Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia

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