“What do you see?” One of God’s favourite questions to His prophets;
Because “The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.”
So then He asks you and I,
“I’ve given you eyes; tell Me, what do you see?”
The vision is not just for the night:
It is the goal by which plans are formed in the light;
It is the assurance that the destination draws closer
With each step and sober diligent effort;
It is a reckoning for realignment where necessary;
A beacon that shines brighter the darker things get;
A fire that sets the heart ablaze and burns away indolence.
It is said that ‘what you fix your eyes on, you become.’
See nothing, and you will descend into nothingness;
For “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.
So Christ fixed His eyes on the glory set before Him,
And despised the shame of the cross and the suffering.
So tell me, what do you see,
The suffering, the shame, or the glory?
If you can’t see, permit me to tell you what to see:
See the crown, the glory, the eternal divine prize,
For which fleeting suffering can be despised;
See your place in Christ now, seated in glory,
At the right-hand side of the Father as He makes
His enemies (and yours too) His footstool;
See your place in Christ now, a holy priest,
Standing before the Father, before that throne of Mercy,
Interceding for the saints and the lost;
See your role with the Elders, and Living creatures,
The Seraphim and the Cherubim in praise and worship.
Now see your role here on earth, created to have dominion,
Representing Christ as His bride, His body – the Church;
Charged with exhibiting His perfect nature
With Grace and Wisdom and Power and Excellence;
See your life analysed and marked by principalities and powers –
Beings fearsome and powerful – because you are God’s
Chosen vessels, to showcase His manifold wisdom;
See and understand the true nature of temptations
As barely veiled insults – undisguised affronts –
To the Sovereignty of the Almighty, His Wisdom and Love;
See and understand that truly,
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word of God; That you shall worship
God and serve Him only; That you shall not tempt God.’
Because, ‘bread makes man fat, but the word of God makes man great’;
Because, He alone, our Creator, deserves our worship;
Because you know the true nature of temptation.
“I am not interested in the willfully blind,
For when the blind lead the blind, they all fall into the pit.
If you acknowledge that you are blind, ask, and I will give you sight;
Only then can you be of use to Me – when you do not see men as trees;-
Only then can you lead and fulfill My good purpose for you.
You are blinded by pride,
And do not receive sight because you do not ask,
And when I ask you what you see, you tell Me things
Which I can not respond to with ‘Thou seest well, My child.’
If My people, who are called by My name,
Will humble themselves and pray,
And turn from pride and the sins that easily entangle,
I will hear from Heaven and heal their sight and minds,
That they may see and understand the path to dominion.”