Throughout the ages, men at war have fought many battles. The Generals in charge of the strategy would always take the highest point where they could observe the conflict with clarity. They would have runners who would take their commands to the forces on lower ground who could not see clearly, or understand, what was happening in the bigger picture. The soldiers’ duty was to hear and obey the General on higher ground. Height gives perspective……and so it is with our all-seeing, all-knowing Heavenly Father. We do not always know or understand what God is doing, but He sees everything, is always in full control and He will direct us as we walk humbly with Him and obey.
1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than those of men. His vision and perspective is perfect and un-defiled. We serve an “inconvenient” God. He often comes “in disguise” of another person or circumstance to disrupt my agenda. If I am sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I will recognise the Hand that has disrupted my plans. Jesus said,”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” Matthew 5:8. Heart purity is seeing God in all things.
On the altar of God I have to sacrifice my understanding, my convenience and my sight. Sight through my “eyes of flesh” is blindness according to God’s eyes. God may pose this question to us at times: “In the multitude of your plans, where am I?” Our plans are not complete until they are surrendered at His feet. Remember this: When we do not consult God, we insult Him.
When we received Jesus Christ as our Saviour, through the power of Calvary we gained access to His divine nature and power to live a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3-10 is a wonderful challenge to take stock of our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Verse 4 reminds us that we have been given great and precious promises that we might be partakers of the divine nature. Verses 5-7 list the nature of godliness that we are needful of adding to our faith as we yield to the power of the Indwelling Christ within: virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
As we continue to read, 2 Peter:8-10 declares, “For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. BUT HE THAT LACKS THESE THINGS IS BLIND, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things you shall never fail,”…… so we have a choice! I have gained access through the power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ into His divine nature. He lives in me, will I yield to Him and allow His nature, the power of the resurrected Son of God to take possession of me, as I surrender my will to His?
Let us remind ourselves that choice requires movement.
In other periods of our lives we may have made many choices in our “blindness”. We did not see afar off and lacked all things in 2 Peter 1 and yet, God in His mercy, overruled even in our wrong choices and brought us through to where we are today. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8. Now we have more light and understanding of God’s ways. With increased light comes more accountability to our Creator. Scripture encourages us to walk in the light He has given us, otherwise the light becomes darkness to us and we are warned, “How great is that darkness.” (Matthew 6:23)
Let us encourage ourselves, and one another, to surrender our perspective to our Heavenly Father’s. He is the alpha and omega and sees clearly the end from the very beginning. Everything we lack is our opportunity for trusting God to supply from His divine source of plenty. Our God is a God of “much more”. He is a God of plenty! THINK NO LACK! The end is not yet and Father’s vision is perfect. If we walk in humility as the Holy Spirit directs, we will make the right choices in our daily walk along the “King’s highway.” (HIGH WAY”) As He calls us “up higher” our perspective will become clearer as we begin to see things through our spiritual eyes.
What began as a seed with the eye of faith is eventually fulfilled in the divine appointment of God’s fullness. His timing is perfect.