I still remember the day. After at least a year of squinting, attempting to see the board in my university classes and the road signs while driving, I finally got the glasses that I so desperately needed. I didn’t realize all that I had missed out on by not having them. When I looked in the mirror, I was shocked to see that I even looked sharper and more in focus with my vision corrected. I thought I was seeing myself clearly. Soon though, I noticed that the world appeared to open up before me, and finally, I could see everything clearly. Of course, I remember the regret I felt about not getting them sooner, but mostly, I was just thankful that my vision was clear.
Our spiritual lives can be a lot like this. We may think we have the right perspective, especially when we experience trials. We may wrongly assume that the clarity in the negative situation is the reality of a negative outcome. However, as believers, we need to anticipate challenges and equip ourselves with the help we need to see all negative situations more clearly. Just like some of us need glasses to see clearly, we need to recognize our need for our spiritual lenses, which include our faith, His Word, prayer and relationship with him. On the contrary, unlike glasses, we should never take our spiritual “glasses,” especially during trials.
With little or no warning, so many people are dealing with devastating blows, and over the past months, my perspective has shifted a bit, not only because of my own trials, but also through observing how Christians handle heartache, pain, and suffering. I have recognized that trials have a way of revealing our level of spiritual maturity, and that they also have a way of promoting our growth if we let them. Most of us know this, but we resist change, especially when the circumstances are troubling or just downright bad because it feels uncomfortable and even frightening. However, the very things in life that may be set in motion to destroy us are often the very things that God uses to build us up spiritually. So, it’s not just that trials will mature us in Him, but they also glorify Him if we go through in the right way.
In the very recent past, a wise pastor told the congregation that, “Vision is rejection of anything that comes against the plan.” This resonated in my spirit because so often when trials tear us down, we lose vision of what God has done, is doing, and will do for us. When we lose sight of His promises and aren’t truly anchored in His Word, we are spiritually blind. We also can’t see our way out, and hopelessness can easily creep in, stealing our joy, peace, and vision. In order to reject things that are in violation to God’s plan for us, we have to anticipate that challenges will come and prepare a response to the challenge.
Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 29:18, which reads, “Where there is not vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law is blessed.” Being able to see past our present circumstances and into the future that God has for us is crucial for any believer to live victoriously. We have to equip and align ourselves with God’s promises and vision for our lives, and we can’t let any opposition take them away. You may ask, “How do I do this? As Proverbs instructs, we have to obey His Word at all costs, at all times, no matter what, and we have to have faith in Him.
Over the past months, I can’t count the number of times that I’ve said how tired I am of a particular situation or circumstance. As soon as it comes out of my mouth, I’m more tired than I was before I said it. I’ve spoken things into the atmosphere that are negative, and I have to admit that I have felt the Holy Spirit prompting me not to say it before I’ve released it. However, whenever I make the conscious choice to override His Spirit and say what I want to say, the penalty has been great. After so many times of doing this, His Spirit gets quieter and quieter. My feelings (flesh) were crowding out His instructions, protection, peace, joy, and yes, vision, and no vision means no future.
Through Christ, we do have the power and ability to reject whatever it is that is in opposition to His promises and the vision that He has given us. Just as Abraham was “fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform,” we need the faith to know that God keeps His promises. He will strengthen us and empower us to do His will for His glory.
II Corinthians 9:8 lets us know, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” He will give us the grace to do what we need to do. There is no lack or short supply with him. It really is true that he will heal, deliver and set free.
Is your spiritual vision blurry or has it disappeared? Make up your mind that you will reject any and everything that comes against what God has for you. Clear the fog and see clearly by reading His Word and spending time with him in prayer. Guard your heart by watching who you spend time with, and watch what words come out of your mouth. I am ready to take the journey with you towards clarity in vision through opposition, determination through tears, and trust through pain.
Seeing Clearly with You,