Message From Our President
20/20 Vision in 2020
If you have 20/20 vision, it is considered to be the best eyesight possible. I believe the Lord wants us all to have 20/20 vision. He especially wants to bolster our vision in this new year so that we can see where we are going in a world that has all too often lost its direction.
So, what does it mean to have good vision? Solomon said: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). Would being obedient to the law make us happy? What does this have to do with vision?
In order to appreciate the relationship between vision and the law, we need to refer to God’s Word. Let’s look at what the Bible says about the law:
Romans 7:12 – “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
Psalms 145:17 – “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”
These verses draw the comparison to God.
The law is all about the beautiful character of God. It reveals to us what God is all about. Only God, who is the embodiment of love, could have established a law that is also about love. His providence is amazing.
E.G. White expands on this point so beautifully in the Mount of Blessing when she says that “righteousness is actually love.”
The law bids us to love,
The law bids us to honour, bids us to respect
The law bids us to do righteously,
bids us to keep, to do good and not evil.
The law destroys selfishness. No wonder the enemy of souls has tried to destroy the law throughout the ages. It has been trampled upon for centuries. It has been despised, broken, and destroyed. Its power has vanished from the vision of God’s people. It is only because the law has been broken that there is so much injustice, hatred, violence, and dishonesty. We have all broken the law many times over, mainly because the law cannot be kept in our own strength!
So how do we keep the law? We all want to give glory to God, but in order to please God and truly give Him the glory, we must LOVE GOD first and foremost. But, in order to love God, we must know him. There is something else we need, however. We must know how to live according to His commandments. Many of those who profess to be Christians today say that they love Jesus, but if you lovingly admonish them in any way with counsels from the Bible, they become irritated. This is particularly true when you quote the law. They will insist that it is impossible to keep the law, despite the fact that Romans 3:31 bids us to establish the law.
Friends, we have all broken the law in our lives, but because of God’s great love for us He will forgive us if we would simply repent and place our lives on the altar before him. It is only God who will give us victory over sin. God will make us free. The Gospel assures us that there is always hope and provides a way to overcome sin. It is sin for which no repentance has been offered that will keep us from Heaven. For there is a sin unto death and a sin that is not unto death. Which one will you choose? The answer seems clear. Of course, it is the one which is not unto death - the forsaken one, the one for which repentance was made. This is the one that is forgiven by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The question is, will we see the importance of repentance in the year 2020? Will our vision be clearer, or will we continue to stubbornly embrace the sin which so easily besets us.