Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future. ”
Farsighted people have the reverse dilemma. The far away stuff is clear, but they have real trouble seeing what is right around them.
- The Farsighted Christian
Many of the farsighted Christians fail to see what needs to be done now in order to get there
- King Jehoshaphat Short-sighted Compromises.
1 Chronicles 18-20
Jehoshaphat foolishly allied himself with King Ahab/Queen Jezebel.
You have to do the some times dreary if you ever want to have quality in your life
Does devotion to God free us from the responsibility to think deeply?
III. Devout Believers Are Not Exempt from the Responsibility to Think It Through.
We Must Think As Far Ahead As Possible
The Jehoshaphat syndrome refers to believers who set up others for defeat because they do not think of future consequences and implications of their compromises.
Here is another rotten attitude: What matters is the heart, not the mind!
We must think of how today’s “quick fixes” might affect tomorrows Christians….