Foresight

October 2, 2013

Foresight

            You need foresight.  If you’ll keep reading I’ll tell you why.  Foresight will give you motivation and protection from the pitfalls of life.

He that lacks foresight has no vision of what he is capable of doing.  None of us are capable of doing anything without God’s help.  John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  We find a tremendous stimulus to have foresight from the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”He that has no foresight lacks motivation.  Nothing gets done where there is no motivation

My wife and I spent nearly 38 years as missionaries in Argentina. We first set up housekeeping in a suburb of the great city of Buenos Aires.  We had a vision of starting a church there.  With a lot of hard work and the help of God we did it.  We did the same thing in two other suburbs.  It would never have come to pass if we hadn’t had foresight to see the day when there would be a church functioning in those towns.

Modern conveniences that we enjoy came into being because someone had foresight to believe that there had to be a way to make it happen.  Things don’t happen without foresight.  Every year millions of young people graduate from high school.  Some have foresight to believe they need a college education.  Others believe they can go out and get a job.  Because they have foresight they go out and search for a job. When they get one, they have foresight to believe that, with hard work, they can advance to a better position.

If you go to the doctor, keep in mind that he didn’t get to be a doctor by spending  much time watching television and playing electronic games.  The same is true of those in any profession.

Those without foresight are doomed to failure.  Many young people drop out of high school because they don’t have enough foresight to believe they can graduate.  They don’t have foresight to get a job.  They say to themselves, “I’m not good for anything.  I’ll just have to depend on welfare to take care of me.” By so doing, they take advantage of the foresight of others.  That’s why you need foresight.  But there is still another reason why you need foresight.

Foresight gives us protection from the pitfalls of life.  Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Foresight gives us the ability to make intelligent decisions.  Proverbs 3:21-22 highlights the importance of wisdom and discretion.  “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:   So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.” In this regard you can’t have foresight without hindsight.  We should learn from history.  If we don’t, we go on making the same foolish mistakes our forefathers made.

Young people with foresight perceive that there is no future for them if they don’t diligently apply themselves to get an education.  If they just observe, they can see that most of those who dropped out of high school are the poor of society.  People who succeed in life aren’t those who are most adept at winning computer games.  With foresight young people can see that it’s a serious mistake to drink alcohol or take drugs.  Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” The same can be said about drugs.

Parents need foresight to see that they need to train their children right.  Proverbs gives parents a lot of foresight in regard to their obligation in the training of their children.  Read Proverbs 22:6.  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Now read Proverbs 22:15.  “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Read also Proverbs 29:15.  “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” Even some children who are trained right forsake the good teaching of their parents.  If they aren’t trained right, it’s almost certain they will bring their parents to shame.

Even retired people need foresight to see that their mind and body will deteriorate if they don’t keep them active.  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).

We all need need foresight to prepare for life after this life.  God has made it possible for us to have a place in heaven.  We have to be willing to repent of our sins and ask for his forgiveness and acceptance.  Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

It’s pathetic that so many leave this life without knowing where they are going.  According to the Bible, there are only two places.  It’s either heaven or hell.  Psalm 9:17 says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” In John 14:1-3 Jesus promised those who believe in him that someday they will be with him.  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.    In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Don’t take chances on a matter that has eternal consequences.  You can know that you are going to heaven.  I John 5:13 says that we can know that we have eternal life.  “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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