Trying to put together a one thousand piece jigsaw without the finished picture in front of you can be frustrating. Trying to build the future without knowing what God’s vision for it is can be equally frustrating. You have no idea where you are headed.
Nehemiah understood the importance of seeing God’s bigger picture. He would have been anxious to start rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls as soon as he had heard about their destruction. Jerusalem was defenceless. But before he did so, he took time to examine the problem so he had a clear picture of what God wanted him to do.
The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland has a big picture of what God is calling it to do: Love God, Love Others. How that looks in individual contexts may be different, but that’s God’s vision for us. This picture is what sustains us. It’s what keeps us going. If we can grasp that vision today, then the pieces of the future will fall into place as God leads us towards that vision.
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