How’s your eyesight? How well do you see? One of our uniquely human tendencies is to believe that we understand–we are convinced what we see is as it really is. Yet rather than having excellent perception, more often than not our eyesight is frequently quite poor.
“So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:14-17 NLT)
One of the biggest areas of Christian growth we can experience is to better comprehend the meaning of the verse “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) God has clearly told us, “…My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV) His ways are not our ways; they are so much higher than what we can conceptualize or perceive. It really is as I Corinthians explains, “’Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…” (I Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV)
The fanciful musings of sci-fi entertainment notwithstanding, there really are, not two parallel universes, but two parallel realities–the physical and spiritual–and as human beings, God has uniquely privileged us to engage in both. We naturally experience the physical–we need nothing special to access it; our creation and birth ensure it. But to access the spiritual we need what Jesus called the “new birth;” we need God to give us His Holy Spirit to birth us to a consciousness of the spiritual reality which also exists and fellowship with Him–but to which we, in our natural condition, are oblivious.
But why would we want to participate in and know spiritual things? Isn’t the physical enough? This is a little like black and white television–it looked so wonderful, until color technology gave us a more accurate representation of what is. It’s the same with physical and spiritual. Our physical experience seems adequate, until God gives us the ability to see how much more there is–everything we never knew!
So my prayer has been to see the world as God sees it, for God’s vision–to see the activity of His Spirit, to recognize reality as it truly is, to understand and perceive what I naturally do not. Because it is only then–when I fully comprehend that we should “…fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)–that I can begin to fully live out through Christ Jesus my physical existence to its fullest potential! And what is that potential? Eternal life! To “…know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NIV)
Dear Lord God,
Open our eyes and let us truly see! Amen.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4 NIV)