is something that we normally take for granted; that is, until something blurs it. My last eye exam revealed rapidly developing cataracts, especially in my right eye. Last week, I had them removed and a new lens implanted. What an incredible experience. Many of you have gone through this surgery or soon will. Objects are more defined and the colors and brightness are awesome.
How many of us who have excellent eyesight have blurry spiritual vision? We are focused on so many of the things of this world that we lose sight of what is really true and important. We need spiritual cataract surgery! Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf at a young age said; “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” She’s right!
None of us want to be like those about whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 13.
“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” He went on to say;
“And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive'” (vss. 13,14). While He was really speaking of the Jewish leaders who were blind to the truth about Him and the gospel, it applies equally to us in so many ways.
The gospel gives us a vision of grace, mercy, faith, love, hope and conviction. The cross and the empty tomb substantiates the gospel message. They give us the strength and purpose to live out the gospel by faith alone and to fulfill the vision that God has given to each one of us in His word.
Jonathan Swift was quoted as saying; “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” And George Washington Carver said; “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
Can you see what others can’t; do you have hope? If you live in any part of the world today there’s many a reason for hopelessness. Politicians and world leaders try to provide vision and hope but it’s never lasting. Most of it is empty rhetoric. There is only one true vision and one true hope!
On what are your eyes focused? Maybe before we go there, we need to look at the vision that the triune God had when He created you and me and everything else. You know, all of this didn’t just happen, nor did you and I just happen. It was in the mind of God and His vision is ultimately being played out in our vision. Because any vision that you have originated in His mind for you to live out.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
(Jn. 3:16). That is His vision. It was before Adam and Eve sinned and it remains His vision for us and for His kingdom.
Do you believe that He has given you some vision to pursue and accomplish in this life and beyond? Whatever it is, it is to be used to fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Simply: to know Him and to make Him known. You see, your vision, great or small, is knit together with all the other visions that He has provided to those He saves. Together we will ultimately accomplish His eternal plan. If we allow the cataracts of the cares of the world to cloud our vision and leave it to others, we will miss out on the joy and eternal rewards He promises.
His Spirit tells us in Proverbs 29:18a that;
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (KJV) If you don’t think you have a specific vision from God, then use Paul’s.
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19 NIV).
Is that a worthy vision?
What it really boils down to is: The Lord is our vision. Nothing else! An Irishman, Dallan Forgaill, in the 8th Century got it! And he wrote the marvelous words to “Be Thou My Vision“. Translated to English in 1905 and versed in 1912. Incredible truth!
Prayerfully ask God to remove your ‘spiritual cataracts’ so you may see His vision clearly, and fulfill it. Jesus died that the spiritually blind might see, to the glory of His Father. And He rose to ensure it would happen. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Bill C. Dotson
Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is taken from the New King James Version.