And he uttered his oracle: “The oracle of Balaam, son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly, the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:”
Even though he was a spiritist and an idolater, Balaam understood something about vision. Vision is the ability to see and perceive the way ahead through the eyes of your inner man.
We need spiritual eyes that see clearly. In verse 4, when Balaam says that he hears the words of God, a Hebrew word is used which means to hear intelligently, to give attention to.
In your walk with the Lord, you can only go as far as you can see. We get into trouble when we’re not seeing what God is showing. We need to stop assuming that we know it all. The attention and focus must be upon what God is saying to us.
For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, “Read this, please,” he will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” he will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
I’ve found that many people have excuses as to why they don’t know God’s vision for their life and ministry. To some it’s a mystical thing, words sealed on a spiritual scroll that they can’t open.
They say, “I’m waiting for God to reveal it to me.” All the while, they’ll sit back and do nothing until the sky opens up and they see angels ascending and descending.
Others think so little of themselves that they believe God can’t possibly give them vision. They believe that they could never read the spiritual climate they’re in. They feel that they’re not worthy, not strong enough spiritually, or not mature enough in the Lord.
God is simply looking for a person who’s willing to listen to Him. He wants to open up His heart. He wants to show us His vision for our life and ministry so that we can use it to chart the course we will follow. The Lord doesn’t care if you’re just starting out or if you’ve walked with Him forty years already.
Human nature would rather talk about serving God than actually doing it. If I’m content to worship God with my lips, then I will not go to God personally to hear His voice. Instead, I want the pastor to hear from God and tell me what I need to do.
Some prefer rules taught by men rather than the discipline that it takes to seek God for themselves. I can never enter into the fullness of God’s blessing with that attitude. It’s up to me to spend time in His presence and receive spiritual vision.
Question: What’s the God-given vision for your life at this point?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014