Pro 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Neh 1:1-4, The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
As the song writer once penned, “Our hearts are prone to wander.” Not only are our hearts prone to wander from the God we love, but often from the cause that He has called us to. When we do, we begin to drift aimlessly through life. We get stuck in a rut. And, the result is that people perish, and that includes us!
As one author noted:
“Vision leaks, even out of the best of our people. The demands of everyday life gradually cause their minds to grow fuzzy, their commitment to wane, and their hearts to grow cold.”
Been there. Done that!
When you think about it, there are very few things that are affecting our personal lives, our Christian homes and our churches, our communities and our country, as is a LACK OF VISION from above, and from God’s holy word. And sadly, because we are lacking a vision birthed from above, many are perishing. As William Booth once said:
“For far too long the Body of Christ has been asleep on the job while the harvest rots in the fields. The enemy has blinded our eyes to the desperate needs around us and caused us to focus on temporal things rather than the eternal values we have been called to live by.”
Last week, while reading the Book of Nehemiah, I was once again reminded of the power of a vision birthed in the heart of a man from above. I wrote these following words in my journal and then posted them online:
The Book of Nehemiah reminds us that if there’s a work that God wants accomplished, there must be a man that God has burdened! This book is also a good reminder, if there’s a man that God has burdened, there must also be a work somewhere and somehow that God wants accomplished. This is what is often referred to as destiny!!!
Who or what are you burdened about today? What are you doing about it?
God used Nehemiah in a mighty way, in a short amount of time, for His glory and for the good of others, but it all started with a vision, or a burden that was birthed in his heart from above.
In the same way God used Nehemiah, God wants to use you and me today! Yet, it all starts with a vision, or a burden birthed in our hearts from above.
When a man or woman lacks a vision or loses the vision they once had, the final result is wandering in a spiritual wilderness or perishing.
While some of us may have never had a clear vision, many of us once had a vision of a work to do, ministries to start, people to reach, lives to change, but for whatever reason the vision has leaked.
Do you have a vision? Have you lost the vision you once had? If so, what are you doing about it?
O Lord, rekindle the vision!!!
“Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame, Send the fire! Thy blood-bought gift today we claim, Send the fire! Look down and see this waiting host, Give us the promised Holy Ghost, We want another Pentecost, Send the fire! God of Elijah, hear our cry: Send the fire! To make us fit to live or die, Send the fire! To burn up every trace of sin, To bring the light and glory in, The revolution now begin, Send the fire!”
Just reflecting on vision!