Isaiah 22 is about the “valley of vision” and what is happening there. It was a prosperous place, at least for a while. But it too began to fall apart because the people lost sight of what was important. They began to believe in themselves rather than God. And the enemy came against them and there was a “battering down of the walls” and soon it became evident that the safety of the city was at risk.
Vision is the ability to see beyond the current to the future. “You saw that the breaches of the city of David were many”. The enemy has battered the wall and created a situation that was leaving openings that could be penetrated. But with vision, you can see beyond the immediate to the good of all. And because of that, “you broke down the houses to fortify the wall”. Sometimes we have to sacrifice something that is precious to us to deal with a problem that can be more damaging and painful.
Is vision easy? Absolutely not. It requires us to see well into the future and not be controlled by the past. “You did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago”. We have to take action in the immediate with our eyes on the future, often forgetting the past. We can’t get caught up in what has happened before. It gives us reference, and history can be such a great learning tool, but we can’t rest on the past or expect those who have gone before us will be able to come and save us in the future.
We need to be careful not to take on the attitude of hopelessness. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” is not an approach with vision. It is focused completely on the present without regard to what God can do. We need to realize that when God is involved, anything is possible. When we are walking with Him and in His vision for our situation, there are no limits. “He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open”. God is the source of vision. It is seeing things from His perspective. We need to stay focused on that!