Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 3, 2020
The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah 2:4
How God-sized is your vision? Is it doomed to failure unless, by faith, your heavenly Father comes through? Hard times can torment you and drive the passion right out of the big dreams you dreamed with God, but vision can sustain you. Good times can cause you to become lackadaisical, but a compelling vision can challenge you to trust the Lord.
Greater than any American Dream culture will offer you are the God-given dreams He gives to His people. And these great dreams come with vision that can sustain and propel you forward.
Don’t let yourself fall into making earthly excuses for not chasing after God-sized dreams. Rise above excuses, like Nehemiah did. And don’t forget to be bold to ask for provision from unconventional sources. Nehemiah saw God open up for him an opportunity for help from a Persian king, so he took it.
“It pleased the king to send me, so I set a time” (Nehemiah 2:6, NIV).
Our King of Kings, Jesus Christ, is waiting to work through earthly authorities on our behalf. Our part is to make a plan, prayerfully show up with that plan, and ask unashamedly for what it takes to fulfill the compelling vision.
Don’t waste time wondering if it is the right time. Set a time, and by faith trust the Lord that he will come through beyond your expectations. Collaborate with Christ. Get counsel from godly advisors, and then present your case by faith.
You have worked hard, overcome adversity and sacrificed to see the fruition, your dream come true. Big vision may bring out big people and big resources. Pursuing your dream with your own resources and relationships may lead them to dwindle. But with God’s vision and your faith, they will flourish, and new resources and relationships are likely to become available.
A big vision of the Lord brings out the best in you and the best in others. Keep Christ as the central focus of your faith, and be faithful to his compelling call.
Do I confidently cast a compelling vision? Am I trusting the Lord for big things, or am I too bound up by earthly expectations?
Compelling vision is your motivation to move forward by faith and see your Heavenly Father work in ways you can’t imagine.
“The love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:19-21, KJV).”
Heavenly Father, show me how to be resourceful with your creative provisions.
Before we tell a person what we want, we should ask God what we really need. #WisdomHunters #vision #truth #Jesus
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