Every so often we need a good spiritual vision check-up…
It snuck up quietly, a little at a time. That’s the way some things happen. And we’re unaware until it’s too late (or almost). Like with my eyesight. I was convinced I could see. But truth is, I was going blind.
Our eyes are a pretty amazing thing. Each eye is composed of over 2 million working parts and connected to more than 1 million nerve fibers. 80% of what we learn and 80% of our memories are determined by what we see. Plus 80% of vision problems worldwide can be avoidable or corrected.
And with healthy eyes, we see well. Or like me, at least think we do.
It happened that a friend noticed I couldn’t read some huge letters on a building. To which I casually responded, “Oh that’s normal.” But she mentioned, with a quizzical look, that perhaps I needed new glasses.
It was only then that I started realizing how little I really was seeing. Like a little old lady, I went about walking up close and peering to see what things were. I thought that not seeing was normal, because for me it had, slowly and gradually, become the norm.
So I went for an exam. And you see (no pun intended), I’ve been diagnosed with cataracts causing advanced myopia. (7.5 in my left eye.) Only then did I realize just how bad it had gotten. Which got me to thinking.
How about my spiritual vision? Do I see well, or only think I do?
And how about you?
Is our spiritual vision really as healthy as we think it is?
Let’s find out with this 6 question vision test!
1. How well do we see the unseen?
There is much more than that which we can see and God calls us to focus on those things. Like good eyeglasses help our physical sight, prayer and Bible reading are great aids to help us see the unseen, focus on it, and live for it.
“While we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Cor. 4:18 WEB
2. Do we walk by faith or by sight?
We’re to keep our eyes on Christ’s kingdom and build a life around all that has eternal significance. A life of purpose, significance, and fulfillment, rather than chasing after things that will not last and can never fill our deepest longings.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Cor. 5:7 WEB
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.” – Heb. 11:1 WEB
3. Do we really see how great and mighty God is?
Or do we let our times of fear, doubt, or pain make God seem small, ineffectual, and unable? Sound spiritual vision helps us remember that he is King of kings and Lord of lords. The eternal and unchanging Creator of the universe, all-knowing, and all-powerful!
“Don’t be afraid; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Yahweh, please open his eyes, that he may see.’ Yahweh opened the young man’s eyes; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.” – 2 Kings 6:16-17 WEB
Do we see how great and mighty God is? Or we let our times of fear, doubt, or pain make God seem small, ineffectual, and unable?Tweet
4. Do we remember that God’s eyes are always on us?
Seeing that God’s eyes are always on us can help us remember that he is working good in all things. And help us focus on and do all that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.
“Yahweh’s eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” – Pro. 15:3 WEB
5. Do we see his word as a treasure?
Good spiritual vision sees and values God’s word as the treasure that it truly is. If we don’t see how precious it is, let’s ask him to open our eyes that we may see it!
“Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law.” – Psalm 119:18 WEB
6. Do we remember that God looks at the heart?
God sees us and others for who we are, not for what we seem. And by adusting our spiritual vision to really see and live for him and his kingdom, our life will be well-pleasing in his sight!
“But Yahweh said to Samuel, Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.” – 16 Sam. 6:7 WEB
The Lord can correct our spiritual vision.
I couldn’t see, but was convinced I could. Bad vision snuck up slowly, little by little. And I’ve realized that sometimes bad spiritual vision does the same thing. It doesn’t happen all at once, but slowly over time. We start living mostly for the things of this world. We let worries and troubles cloud the greatness of God. And we lose sight of the fact that God’s eyes are always on us, keeping watch over us.
As I wait for them to call me for surgery, I’m grateful that my vision problems can be fixed. But I’m even more grateful that our spiritual vision can be fixed too. All we have to do is go to the Lord and ask him to open our blind eyes. To help us see him and all things as they really are.