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Seek God’s Vision

Time moves on and doesn't wait on us. If we don't have a vision, then realities create one for us that we might not like. But, as always, it is wise to know where we are headed and what our game plan is. What is even better than that it is to know where we would like to go and ask God to be the one at the foundation of the vision, the author of the plan, and the focus of the outcome. In other words, we need to seek God’s vision.

Psalm 127 begins with the words "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." The word "house" in the original Hebrew can mean an actual physical home or temple, but it can also refer to a household or family, as suggested later in the psalm, or it might just well be a congregation.

The Psalmist says unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. The Psalmist says unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. When the Psalmist says the builders labor in vain, this doesn't mean that no human work can flourish without God's conspicuous, dramatic intervention, but it does mean that a work done without God's participation and guidance will ultimately be empty. It will not endure. It will be in vain. Verse 2 says, "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat …"

If our work is not done with God's participation and guidance, even if we work very hard—rising early, staying up late, and spending all the time in between studying, preparing, preaching, organizing, leading, drinking lots of ice tea ... or coffee—the Psalmist says that ultimately our work will be in vain. The Psalmist, implicitly, is calling us to discern where God is calling us to invest. This means to actively seek God’s vision.

May God bless us today as we seek God’s vision!

-Pastor Ion

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