My wife has a peculiar way of seeing movies. She would normally fast forward to the final part of the movie to see how it would end. According to her, “I don’t like putting myself under unnecessary pressure and suspense. I want to enjoy the movie in a relaxed mood.” I caught a lesson from her approach.

Friend, you need to have a 50/20 vision. Like Joseph, when you know how it would end, you would just relax and enjoy your life rather than being under unnecessary pressure and suspense (Genesis 50:20). Life must be lived with the end in view. This is why God declares the end from the beginning so that you can live life relaxed (Isaiah 46:10).

There is a knowledge you can have that keeps you calm and confident (Romans 8:28). There is an understanding you can have that would make you fearless and unperturbed. This knowledge is a revelation of the eternal counsel and purpose of God (Ephesians 1:11). You know it would end in your favour.

God did not promise that all our experiences would be good. But He has assured us that they would work together for our good (Romans 8:28). When you are in the will of God, the devil becomes employed by God to further God’s purpose for your life (Proverbs 16:7). The devil is no longer your problem; he has become a part of God’s agents for fulfilling His purpose for your life (1 Corinthians 2:8).

The devil does not know everything about your life; he is not omniscient like God (1 Corinthians 2:8). The things he knows are the things you carelessly divulge to him or that he eavesdrops on during prophetic meetings (Job 1:6-7, Mark 4:15). You can keep the devil in the dark as far as your life and destiny are concerned. He only sees what has happened, but he is ignorant about what will happen and how it will happen.

We all need a 50/20 vision for life. This is Joseph’s kind of vision (Genesis 50:20). It was what made him stay positive all through his experiences. He saw the end from the beginning. He was not going to pick offences. He was not going to be sorrowful. He lived life with a sense of gratitude and responsibility because he knew how it would end. What about you?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria