Saw Thousands of Miles, but Can’t See Five Miles
About 350 years ago a shipload of pilgrims landed on the northeast coast of America. In the first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward. They exclaimed…
Who needs to go there anyway?
Here were people who had the vision to see three thousand miles across an ocean, and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision.
Where there is no vision or prophetic insight, the people lose focus and purpose. (Proverbs 29:18, JHP)
With no spiritual insight of what we can do and/or become in Christ, even the smallest obstacle poses a serious threat to our growth and success.
Count the Stars
Abraham was given the ominous title of The Father of Faith, but not long after leaving his homeland he grew discouraged. That’s when God appears to Abraham and reminds him of the promise that he would be the father of many nations. To which Abraham responds,
“Who me? Look God, You have given me no offspring!” (Genesis 15:3)
But instead of reprimanding Abraham, God brings him out of his tent and points up to the night sky. Then God speaks to Abraham…
“Look up! You’re head’s been down too long. See those stars? I put those there and I’ve named every one of them. And even though you don’t understand or see how it’s possible, those stars represent how many blessings will be in your life.”
Those aren’t just words to Abraham, they are words God is also speaking to us. It’s time for us come out from the things that keep us from seeing His promises. It’s time for us to trust that His promises are just as true to us as they were to Abraham, and everyone else who’s proven God faithful. It’s time for us to shake off spiritual nearsightedness and pioneer again!