What Lies Ahead

Many think they can see what lies ahead. They are sure they can see around the bend, on the other side of the mountain, down the road. The choices seem clear. Yet, unless they are seeing through the divine lens of God, the choice between the wolf and the lamb may not be as simple as appears. The wolf is clearly a wolf, but the lamb may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

A favorite Bible story is the story of the prophet Elisha and his servant. Israel and Syria were at war, and every time the king of Syria was about to attack Israel, Elisha lets the king of Israel know the king of Syria’s plan. The king of Syria was upset and found out that it was Elisha who continued to warn the king of Israel. The king of Syria decided to kill Elisha. He surrounded the city where Elisha lived with horses and chariots and a large army. Elisha’s servant rose early the next morning and saw the massive forces of the king of Syria surrounding the city. He was terrified. Elisha then said to his servant: “Do not to be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16). Elisha then prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant. The Lord answered Elisha’s prayer, and the servant saw that the mountain was covered with the Lord’s horses and chariots of fire.

This is why we need divine vision. Our vision is limited. We know only what is visible, but God works in ways we cannot imagine. God knows the future. God knows what is best for our nation, and for our world. God knows what is best for us. And most important, God knows what is required and what it will take to see His purposes achieved.

Micah 4:11-12 says, Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, “Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.” But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor. Until we are seeking to see through God’s eyes, our decisions are lacking in wisdom and knowledge and truth. Our arrogance that we know what is best apart from God will be our downfall.



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