by Adam Howard
Content Coordinator, CBN Europe
As you may or may not be aware, this week is National Eye Health Week and it really got me thinking. I have cleaned my glasses a few more times than normal, making sure that my lenses are as clear as they can be. As I was doing so, I began to wonder about how much I consider the health of my spiritual eyes. Do I live with prophetic vision or do I scrabble around in the fuzziness of life? What are the lenses I view this world and others through?
Living with Vision
Vision is so important. It is as important in the spiritual as in the natural. Without it, the Bible says, we perish (Proverbs 29:18 – KJV). However, seeing what is in front of you is only half the story. When learning to drive I remember my dad telling me to always be ready for the big, purple dinosaur around the next corner. Very strange I know, but essentially, he is telling me to be prepared, look ahead and anticipate what lies ahead. It’s no good merely looking at the two metres in front of you, you must look further ahead. The original text goes one step further and says that it is without prophetic vision that we go astray.
It is by the consistent revelation of God in us that we begin to have clarity over the things we walk in. To keep walking the walk of faith we cannot rely on a single encounter with God, but a continued relationship with Him.
Close your eyes and try to walk around your living room. The memory of the room will help you avoid most obstacles for a while. However, any change in the layout could mean walking into the coffee table and maybe falling over something. We can often find ourselves walking around with our eyes closed, living from the spiritual ‘muscle memory’ of the last few years of church life. The revelation we have through His word are the eye-opening moments of our faith. Let’s dig into His word and ask God to open our eyes and hearts to His wonder and awe.
To keep walking the walk of faith we cannot rely on a single encounter with God, but a continued relationship with Him.
Life Through a Lens
Whether we like it or not, we all view this world through a lens. Our life experiences, circumstances, natural wiring or culture all shape the lenses we see through. I’m sure we have all heard the saying, viewing everything through rose-tinted spectacles and it’s true, isn’t it? Maybe it becomes about what we perceive more than what we see? On your way home from work, what do you ‘see’ when you see a homeless person, drug user, hooded youth, single parent or businessman? We may have a pre-conceived idea of how they are doing in life or what their stories may be, based on our life experience and culture. We rarely stop to truly see.
Let me encourage you to be real for a moment and ask God to show you the lenses you look through. I wonder what would happen if our prophetic vision began to supersede our lenses? Words of knowledge in the street, healing and salvation; what an exciting thought!
“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]” – Proverbs 29:18 (AMP)