It’s difficult to shoot for the stars when there’s a bird in the way.
Regrettably, this simple analogy describes me to perfection. To put it mildly, I’m not a visionary. You know those people; individuals who can think about a particular job, assignment, worldwide predicament, or Biblical endeavor and are able to (what seems) on the spot, come up with an incredible and inspiring solution. Yeah, I wish to no end that I was similar. I’m not sure if a lack of imagination, ability, or just sheer ambition is to blame. But it seems when I wish to see the world like such individuals, I am stuck with the eyes of our everyday mundane difficulties or responsibilities. You’d think that would make me a dependable numbers guy, right? Unfortunately, this too isn’t true. I’m stuck in some boring limbo/medium of sorts. But I suppose we all see the world in different perspectives. That’s why it’s always best to include several pairs of eyes when looking at a particular assignment or plan in order to see it from every angle. It just makes sense.
But when it comes to how we view the world in Godly terms, how are we holding ourselves back from what God expects us to see? The idea of sight or vision is not a quiet topic in the Bible. In the Gospel of John, the term Light is mentioned frequently. It demonstrates that in the darkness of the world, we can look to Christ, His example, and His Word for the true way of life. In Job 19:26b-27 we see Job yearns that, “…yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.” In encouraging verses as 1 Samuel 12:16, we see “Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.” We are encouraged and even urged to look to God and what He expects for us. It’s interesting then that a key word in scripture (especially poetry), Wisdom/Be Wise, is a word the conveys/means to “see things as God sees.”
How then is such a task feasible? If we are to see things as God sees them, where do we even begin? Especially knowing how inclined I am to view a task as too farfetched or unattainable. Or perhaps I do vision grand expectations from this life, but I lack a realistic footing for accomplishing them, or even a basic knowledge of God’s word in order to pursue His mighty deeds that He should expect from us. How am I to see what God sees? It is not an easy challenge. So challenging in fact that we can end up like Elisha’s cowardly servant when surrounded by the army of Aram. Elisha had to pray that “Lord, open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17). To which he was able to see that a much larger army of God’s power had been protecting them the entire time. Or challenging like the eagerly excited David when he was told it was not his job to build a temple for the Lord (2 Sam. 7). He had to understand that sometimes God doesn’t want/expect certain things from us, no matter how grand we view them to be.
In the end, this is a broad and even ambiguous lesson for us. The problem is that I don’t necessarily know what changes you need to do for your own sight. But if we truly want to see this world with God’s vision, for some of us that means we must learn to dream bigger with Godly faith. We need to come to the understanding that restrictions and barriers to a particular plan are occasionally only forged in our own minds, and not Gods (the often misquoted Philippians 4:13 comes to mind). Or possibly for some, we have such great ambition and faith, but we need to understand how God truly thinks by approaching His word. We might need to understand that tasks take time, diligence, and prayer in order to accomplish. We all of us have been blessed with our own mindset, viewpoint, and life experiences in order to benefit God’s work. But we must understand that our sight only sees so far. If we know then that God sees things in a different light, hopefully we can try a little harder to use His lenses.
“Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.” – 2 Samuel 10:12
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