Posted by: peebles | March 15, 2015

Acts 16:9 (KJV) ~ …And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia , and prayed him, saying, “Come over into Macedonia , and help us.”

On March 17th of every year, the world celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day. Patrick was a missionary in Ireland , who had originally come from Scotland . However, in his late twenties, or thirties, he received a vision from the Lord, one similar to that of the Apostle Paul, in our text for today from Acts 16:9 (KJV). Patrick obeyed the Lord, and went to Ireland, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Many years later, an unknown poet wrote the words to the old hymn, Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art,

Thou my best thought, by day and by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. 

It is possible that we can lose our sight, but the worst thing of all, is to lose our vision. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18 (KJV), “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Without vision people cast off restraint; without vision, we would not have direction; we would lose our focus.   

My friend, never lose your vision, never lose your focus, never take your eyes off Jesus. May the cry of your heart always be, as in the words of the old hymn, “Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart”, for one day, God may speak to you in a vision directing you to go and help with spreading the gospel as a missionary, perhaps to your next-door neighbors, your work mates,  or school mates. Or, He may send you to another town, or even to another country. What, then, will your response be? What vision do you have from the Lord to do? Does your heart stir within you to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost? Does it say, “We have a vision for this nation, we share a dream for the land, we join with angels in celebration, by faith we speak revival to this land”?  Whatever He is calling you to do, wherever it may be, be sure of this, He who is calling you will equip you for the task ahead. 

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight,

Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.

Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower;

Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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