Nehemiah - 2:5 - I said to the king, "If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."
The type of vision I am speaking about cannot be checked by visiting an Ophthalmologist’s office. This is the vision that relates to one’s goals being accomplished. A person’s vision is generally very clear at the start of their journey.
However, while on your quest there will be many obstacles arise to cloud your vision. Nehemiah’s vision was very clear. It was to rebuild the walls in Jerusalem and re-hang the gates.
How does a person develop a vision?
1st - His plan is to get to Jerusalem (Neh. 2:5-9).
2nd - He surveys the city and contrives a plan to rebuild the walls (Neh. 2:11-16).
3rd - He recruits other people in his plan (Neh. 2:17-18).
LIFE LESSON: When you are working to achieve your goal or see your vision come to fruition, you need to know obstacles will appear.
Neh. 2:19 - But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, they mocked us and despised us and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”
Nehemiah was trying to achieve the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem to once again bring honor and glory to the city chosen by God. Yet, there were people who didn’t like what he was trying to fulfill.
When you cast a vision beware. There will be people who will become obstacles on your path.
Why do obstacles come when you are trying to succeed in a worthwhile cause?
I tell myself they come to test my resolve. They want to see how much it will take to get me to quit. There must not be an ounce of quit in us. This is where we can grow closer to God by asking for Him to help strengthen our mental fortitude.
1. How much money could someone offer you to get you to abandon your goal?
2. How much criticism from family, friends or enemies before you would give up on your vision?
Obstacles will come once you take that first step to accomplishing your vision. Let the obstacles be fuel for your fire; don't let them extinguish your desire to complete the task.
Nehemiah overcame the obstacles and rebuilt the wall and hung the gates in 52 days. The walls had been in ruins for years and years, because no one had the vision.
Once Nehemiah got the vision nothing stopped him. He accomplished what no one else had tried.
I challenge you to be a Nehemiah today.
Get a vision and overcome all obstacles on your way to achieving it.
Think About This:
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.