Elements of Vision (Part 2)
An external source of light
A pair of healthy, receptive sense organs (the eyes).
When light is reflected off objects within a person’s view the resulting images are received into the eyes. These images are mirrored on the back part of the eye, called the retina. The images are actually inverted (upside-down). Impulses through the optic nerves carry this information to the brain, which adjusts our perception, causing us to see things in the correct way (right-side-up).
Spiritual vision also depends on two main things:
An external source of light (inspiration and revelation coming from God).
A healthy and receptive spirit (the regenerated part of a person who is dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ).
The Word of God is spoken of as a “lamp” unto our feet and a “light” unto our path. The psalmist also declared, “In thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9). In other words, when we prayerfully study the written Word, at certain choice moments, God speaks to us out of His Word and it comes alive. It becomes living Word to our spirits.
In the light of God’s written Word, we see the light of the living Word. This not only imparts a general vision concerning the direction we should take in our lives, sometimes God uses this method to give us specific and detailed directions.
So pray for light and pray to have a healthy and receptive heart.
Sometimes God goes beyond the use of the written Word. He speaks to His people directly about their destiny, for He promised that His sheep would know His voice. In a sense, the light of God reflects off ‘ordained happenings’ in our future, then the light of the inevitable shines back through time into those spirits that are thirsty and receptive. When God gives his people flashes of intuition like this—through dreams, visions, spoken words or subtle impressions—quite often the picture is ‘inverted’ (enabling us to see the end first, not the beginning, or the steps that will take us from the beginning to the end).
It happened this way for Abraham. The end was exposed first as God shared with Abraham that his seed would be as numerous as the sand by the seashore and the stars of the heaven. Tremendous tests of faith, endurance, patience and perseverance awaited Abraham on his journey to the vision’s fulfillment
It happened this way with Joseph. He had the two night-visions indicating that his brethren, father and mother would bow to him (the eleven stars, sun and moon bowing to his star, and the eleven sheaves of wheat in the field bowing to his sheaf—See Genesis 37). Tremendous tests of faith, endurance, patience and perseverance awaited Joseph on his journey to the vision’s fulfillment.
It happened this way for John, the revelator. The vision we identify as “the book of the Revelation” predicted the glorious end of the church from the beginning of its journey through this world. Tremendous tests of faith, endurance, patience and perseverance awaited, some that have already transpired and some that are yet to be.
One of the main benefits of a prayerful life is the resulting ability to see the vision right-side-up. Those who fervently seek God’s will often receive glimpses of His future purposes (the upside-down picture of the final climax). This could be described as “the long-term vision.” Inwardly, God’s visionaries need to prayerfully process this information by turning the vision right-side-up, sorting out the details that will ultimately take us, step-by-step, to the final objective. Each daily excursion into inspiration is a “short-term vision” leading us to the "long-term goal."
Usually God burns this final outcome into us at the start, so the fire will never go out during the long wilderness journey. This compels us to press on, to refuse discouragement, to praise him in advance for the glory of what is yet to be…even when tremendous tests of faith, endurance, patience and perseverance come our way.