“The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them” (Num. 10:33).

God does give us impressions, but not that we should act on them as impressions. If the impression be from God, He will Himself give sufficient evidence to establish it beyond the possibility of a doubt.

How beautiful is the story of Jeremiah, of the impression that came to him respecting the purchase of the field of Anathoth. But Jeremiah did not act upon this impression until after the following day, when his uncle’s son came to him and brought him external evidence by making a proposal for the purchase. Then Jeremiah said: “I knew this was the word of the Lord.”

He waited until God seconded the impression by a providence, and then he acted in full view of the open facts, which could bring conviction unto others as well as to himself. God wants us to act according to His mind. We are not to ignore the Shepherd’s personal voice but, like Paul and his companions at Troas, we are to listen to all the voices that speak and “gather” from all the circumstances, as they did, the full mind of the Lord. –Dr. Simpson


“Where God’s finger points, there God’s hand will make the way.”

Do not say in thine heart what thou wilt or wilt not do, but wait upon God until He makes known His way. So long as that way is hidden it is clear that there is no need of action, and that He accounts Himself responsible for all the results of keeping thee where thou art. –Selected


“For God through ways we have not known, Will lead His own.”


The word “impression” gives great lucidity to the word “vision” as it pertains to the visions that God implants in the hearts of His people. When God gives you a vision for your life, it is more that an image, it is an impression. It is something that no matter what happens, you can find this impression in your heart. The impression is not erased by delay. The impression is not voided by difficulty. The impression is not edited by the negative opinions of others.


Joseph had a vision that God has impressed upon his heart. This impression was so strong that it empowered Joseph to persevere through betrayal, enslavement, imprisonment, abandonment and more. When God impresses His vision for you onto your heart, He implants a force that, when accessed, gives reason to your struggles. This impression explains your purpose and your purpose explains your pain.


God has given you a vision; it may be buried under all of the worries and disappointments of recent years. It may have been placed on the back burner to pursue alternative goals that seem more realistic and less challenging. It may have been filed away as wishful thinking as you decided to accept your lot in life. Whatever the reason that you have not engaged your vision with purpose, passion, and persistence, it is time to pick up that dream. God wants to revive your vision. He wants to breathe life into your waning hopes. Trust Him to move mightily in your situation. He is about accomplish His will in your life. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace