Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 1:1-3:14 (additional reading: Psalm 31:19-24 and Proverbs 21:4)
What is it that is broken in your life? What is it that needs to be rebuilt? Everybody has something that is broken, but the most hopeless people in the world are people who recognize that they have a problem, but have no vision from God about how to solve that problem. In fact, Proverbs 29:18 tell us that ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish…’.
Everybody ends up somewhere in life, yet only a few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision. The most practical advantage of vision is it sets a direction for our lives. It serves as a roadmap. Vision provides us with the push through the problems. Vision provides the energy for the effort. Without vision, our passion leaks, our agendas surface, our production falls, and our people scatter.
Today we were introduced to a man who stands tall as a person with vision who rebuilt what was broken. His name is Nehemiah. The name means “the Lord’s comfort.” Nehemiah’s visionary efforts brought comfort to God’s people in a time of great need.
Nehemiah’s routine was interrupted one day by a group of men who had come from Judah. God was being dishonoured as long as Jerusalem lay waste. This troubled Nehemiah. A God-ordained vision will almost always begin as a concern. Something will bother you about the way things are or the way things are headed.
There are far more needs in the church and the world than any of us has time or energy to meet, and no one is required to try to relieve them all. But God’s call to serve will be a call to meet some human need. George Bernard Shaw said ‘The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.’
As you start, by the grace of God, to rebuild the walls, you must first of all see the ruin in which they lie. Vision is a reflection of what God wants to through us to impact the world. It is not about maintaining the status quo. Living inside our own worlds, we can become comfortable. We can lose sight of the need. Do you see the needs that are around you? This is a hurting world. There are broken hearts, fractured families and damaged lives. Do you see the brokenness of humanity? People are looking for meaning and value and turn to heart-breaking things. Visionary leadership starts with concern. There is no such thing as emotionless vision. Vision always equals Passion!
- What is it that needs to be rebuilt?
- Do you have a vision?
Father, Thank You for the vision that You put in our hearts. Help us to hold on to the vision and follow it, so that we can live your plan for our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen