If you have been anywhere near a church, listened to a sermon online or followed Christians on social media you would surely have heard someone prophesying about 2020 being the year where the Lord will grant us perfect sight. I am excited…I for one often pray for my spiritual eyes to be enlightened. I don’t want to be stumbling along in darkness but the reality is that often times we don’t see the next step, let alone the long term plan.
I believe that as human beings we are always looking for road markers, signs and confirmation that we are on the right track. This is noble indeed, but it’s also the reason we get sidetracked, redirected or often waylaid altogether. The opinions and revelation of others might replace the Word of God more often than we care to admit. Our emotions might be speaking louder than our faith and many times we are able to quote with great accuracy what someone preached, but we have no idea what the Lord’s opinion is on the topic. When “my pastor says…” becomes more important than “the Lord says…” we are getting into dangerous territory.
For a number of years now, in order to have 20/20 vision, I have had to wear corrective lenses. I am no longer able to legally drive without my prescription glasses. This is the reality for many people and we accept it as part of maturing. I have come to appreciate my glasses, as they enable me to safely navigate my way, I am able to see details I will surely miss without them and I am able to read without effort, expanding my knowledge and understanding.
The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has given us His Word and if we are smart enough we will use and appreciate it in the same way. The Lord has always wanted us to have 20/20 vision, to see clearly through the lenses of love, mercy and grace. The Lord’s heart for us is to see what He sees and we can have our spiritual eyes opened, but my suspicion is that we are hoping that it will be by divine intervention, a godly snap of fingers, instead of a thorough study of His Word.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law (Ps 119:18) should be the cry of our hearts. Who would like to hear the rebuke
Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? (Mark 8:17-18).
My prayer for us all is that this year we will develop a deeper love for the Word of God, that Holy Spirit will stir in us a deep longing to see the world around us through the lens of God’s Word and that we would become intimately acquainted with Jesus as the Word made flesh. I pray that our first thought, when we need guidance, direction or confirmation, would be to search out the scriptures, instead of another prophetic word. The Lord has already spoken on every topic we could possibly need direction for. May this be the year that we become more and more acquainted with the heart of the Father, as it is expressed in the Bible. May the Lord give us eyes that see…