Hopefully, we are inclined to believe there is more to this life than what we can see with our natural eye. What we see with our “natural eye” is limited. The natural eye is limited in its seeing and has no ability to see out of the scope of what is in front and in the peripheral (seeing outside of the center gaze) vision.
According to Dictionary.com, our vision with our eyes is “the act and power of sensing with the eyes, sight.”
The gift of vision goes beyond the physical sight with our eyes. Vision has many facets to it. Another definition is “the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be” (prophetic vision).
It is a “knowing” or insight on the inside of us that resonates as a truth that will come to pass. A belief in the unseen and with the physical eye, but seen with the spiritual eye. This is what our faith is based on, the very belief system we have accepted and believed with our minds, soul and spirit. With this insight (sight into the plan of God), we have something to believe in and hope for. When there is a hope and a belief in something larger than what we see, it results in a “pressing.” A standing in “full gratitude” (readiness to show appreciation) with great anticipation of what God has in store. That His promises will unfold in our lives regardless of what we can see with our physical eye (Ephesians 1:17).
For I always pray to God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation (of insight into mysteries and secrets) in the (deep and intimate) knowledge of Him.
If we know the God in whom we have our hope, then we are certain that what He has said in His word and to us individually shall come to pass. For he is not a God that He should lie.
God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?
God explains in Habakkuk 2:3: “For the Vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end (fulfillment): it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait (earnestly) for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand [late] on its appointed day.”
Our hope in Christ is why we are to be “full of gratitude” (full of appreciation and anticipation). Simply stated, He is the truth destined to bring to pass that which he has shown us by His Spirit. He gives us the vision to see beyond the physical eye and the ability to see the things that are beyond the naked eye. To see with our spiritual eye into his “glorious” plan and purpose for our lives.
God’s intention is not to get us off track, but to keep us on track. The right track is the one that is for us to become all He has predestined for us to be. God’s ultimate plan is for us to glorify Him with our lives and be such a light that others want to follow His plan. This is the hope we have and the faith that should increase because of His faithfulness to us.
The Lord delights in those who fear him, put their hope in his unfailing love.
Our job is to “rest, rule and abide in His love for us.” He clearly stated: “Be strong, do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
He is faithful to show himself strong in and through our lives. When we live a life surrendered to Him, then we receive the fullness of His love (goodness). In finding our “renewed hope” in Jesus, there is an assurance, a knowing that God is with us and is keenly aware of our current situation. He is profoundly in tune with what we are struggling with and desires nothing more than for His children to place their “hope” (trust, faith) in him.
The natural eye may see one thing, but the spiritual eye should see the truth (what God has already done), the finished work. If we see the completed work, then we are willing to endure the process of development (patience, love, goodness, kindness, joy, peace and long-suffering) to receive the promise.
Here is a prayer:
Jesus, you are the author and the finisher of our faith, and we praise you for guiding our lives. We praise you for giving us a renewed hope and understanding into your destiny for our life. We know you have a great plan and purpose for us. And we thank you for helping us to surrender to that plan and purpose. As we walk through challenges in this life, teach us to be grateful for all that we may endure and know that it will all turn out for our good and for your Glory. Let our Hope in you be strengthened and may we trust you more. In Jesus’s name, amen.