The Dynamic of ‘Supernatural Vision’
“Your eye shall see the King in his beauty; they shall behold a far stretching land” wrote Isaiah.
How important is the eye of faith? The scriptures tell us that “without vision the people perish”. Of all the extraordinary accounts of vision/faith that are recorded in Hebrews 11, none is so remarkable as that concerning Abraham, who, having received a call from God, moved out and “looked for a city that had foundations, whose maker and builder is God”. Abraham died in faith, not having received the promises, yet having seen them afar off. Abraham was a man of “Spiritual Vision”, a messenger of hope, carrying an assurance of things not seen as yet. Abraham was a man who saw the Invisible, heard the Inaudible and touched the Intangible. Spiritual vision is a supernatural apparatus; its inward assurances will dominate our spiritual lives; it’s a spiritual dimension that we need if we are to move up to ‘Higher Ground’.
“Lord, lift me up and let me stand, and place my feet on higher ground” wrote the hymn writer.
Many years ago whilst on an early morning stroll on a holiday in North Wales, I became increasingly aware of a stirring in my spirit that I was unable to explain. It was a lovely evening with the soft, warm rays of the setting sun occasionally piercing the cloud; behind me stood the rugged, silhouetted, panoramic tops of the mountain peaks, mute witnesses to the glory of God in creation. As I sat there amongst the rocks looking out to sea, with a gentle inshore breeze blowing in my face, I remember feeling somewhat removed from my surroundings as a compelling urge within me led me to view the far distant skyline; the horizon was broken only by the outline of an Island but however hard I scanned the horizon, nothing more could be seen from my present position. How often, I thought, is our spiritual vision limited to the plane on which we stand; for clarity of sight, we need to ascend to higher heights in God, for God is constantly at work in our lives to ‘Enlarge our Vision’ broaden ‘Our Horizons’ and ‘Deepen our knowledge of Him’.
“Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with His garments stained crimson; who is this, robed in splendour, striding forward in the greatest of His strength” wrote Isaiah with his ‘seeing’ eye of vision.
Our visions of God and our concept of Him will mark us out from the casual and indifferent seeker; a sense of awe and of majesty will well up and grip us, and our inward assurances will take on a new meaning as eyes that look are exchanged for eyes that see. Jacob saw God at Jabbok Ford and became Israel. The vision of God transformed Gideon from a timid, faint hearted person to a valiant soldier. It was on the mountain top that Peter, James and John saw the vision of the glorified Lord talking to Moses and Elijah; they were never the same again – never shall we be if our spiritual vision is the result of a passion that burns in our hearts to see Him who is invisible.
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” Philippians 3:10
Jack has been a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church for 34 years, spending many of those years in leadership. He lives in Lancashire, UK, and has recently celebrated 60 years as being a Christian! Find our more about Jack and the story behind Jack’s corner: Treasures of the Word here.