Often times, when God wants to lift a man from his current state, He unveils to them, or I should say that He opens their eyes to see that which He has purposed for them. God doesn’t give a man a vision, He gives them purpose, the reason for living and in that purpose, visions are birthed. In other words, every vision is first sub-purpose and always in alignment with the original plan – purpose.
When God called Gideon so as to use him to free the Children of Israel from the captivity of the Midianites, Gideon began to give God reasons on why he wasn’t qualified and fit for the work. By all human observations, the reasons seem logical but to God, it wasn’t. God saw something more in him than he saw in himself and for God to bring Gideon to what He is seeing about him, He had to readjust his vision of himself. What Gideon was seeing was his inadequacies but God was showing him His provision for him (See Gideon 6:11-16).
What God did with Gideon was to first help him come to an understanding of His plan and purpose (which is to use him to free the Israelites from captivity), having come to this understanding, his vision will be corrected. This is God’s principle for us. No wonder the apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.
– Ephesians 1:17-19 (NKJV, Emphasis added).
Why do we need the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened? So that we may know the hope of His calling, His riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, the exceeding greatness of His power.
That’s why we shouldn’t seek vision but purpose because it is in purpose that we truly get to pursue the right vision. This is because vision is borne out of purpose. While I was pondering on this purpose -vision syndrome. The encounter Jesus had with the blind man came to mind. Jesus ministered healing to the blind man at Bethsaida and when Jesus asked him what he saw;
And he looked up and said, I see men like trees, walking.
– Mark 8:24 (NKJV, Emphasis added)
When I began to further meditate on this verse of the Scripture, it began to dawn on me on how our visions are distorted. I know this verse is talking about seeing as related to the physical eyes. But I want you to also see this from another perspective which is the vision of your inner man. Many are moving around the face of the earth living with a distorted vision, rather than seeing men as they really are, they are seeing men as trees. How terrible this could be.
When we listen to this man talk about what he sees, it may sound funny, how can someone see a human being like a tree, but that’s how we see things when we don’t see through the lens of purpose. Our visions are distorted. The funny part of it all is that we even claim that we are seeing the right things! At least the blind man owned up that what he was seeing was men like trees, but how about those who clung to the wrong path and vision and to them they are truly seeing men as men and trees as trees. Every vision that is not borne out of purpose is a distorted vision. It is a vision where you see men as trees.
God wants to help you correct your vision and for Him to do this He wants to first have the eyes of your heart enlightened so you can know the hope of His calling. Having known this, the vision will be corrected. Vision just simply means to see! In other to see correctly, God brings us into His plan and purpose for our lives. So, whatever we see from this point we can rest assured that we are seeing from Gods eyes.