“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25
Sometime last year, I decided to completely make over my room. I had no one to help me but I was determined to put in the hard work and get the job done. I went to home depot and bought everything I needed. I bought the paint, paint brushes, the sheetrock, sandpaper, and painters tape. Needless to say, I got started right away. I tore down the walls to my closet, patched up holes in the walls, and prepared the room to be painted. What I thought would have taken a day or two turned into about a month of work. Although I wanted to quit, I had this hope of what my room would eventually look like. I couldn’t see it just yet but I had hope in the hard work I was putting in. I knew that eventually my hopes would become reality. I knew that my vision would become concrete because I hadn’t lost hope. Thankfully, everything turned out exactly how I thought it would. I had a beautiful room and I felt so accomplished. Now every time I walk into my room, I’m reminded that being able to see things before they come to be is so powerful. There is power in seeing things beyond your means.
In 2 Kings 6, we meet a prophet named Elisha and his servant. Now Elisha was a man of God that often got into trouble for speaking the truth. This is exactly what happened in this passage. Elisha is being hunted down by the king of Aram for warning him of an enemy attack. The King hated the fact that Elisha knew things that he didn’t. So he sent his army to seize Elisha. When Elisha’s servant woke up the next morning, he went outside and saw this huge army approaching them! Immediately he was overwhelmed with fear and cried out to Elisha. I can imagine him screaming, “Elisha, do you see this hugongous army? What are we gonna do? They’re gonna kill us!” Of course the servants reaction is normal. His fear is coming from a very real place because there’s a very REAL army approaching them. But Elisha’s reaction is nothing short of amazing. He goes to his servant and says in verse 16, ‘ “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” ‘
How in the world does Elisha know there’s even an army with them? The bible only mentions him and his servant. But Elisha had the greatest gift anyone can have; he had holy vision. Elisha saw the potential possibility in an impossible situation. He didn’t allow his situation to taint his holy vision. In the middle of a battlefield, Elisha saw beyond his circumstances. He saw the possibility of winning an impossible battle because his eyes were not centered on the situation. He had hope that extended his boundaries. In 2 kings 6:17 it says, “Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” When Elisha prayed for his servant, his patience superseded his servants fear.
We need to learn to see the potential of what people and things could be, instead of trapping them in our belief of their current state. That is having holy vision; hoping for things not seen. Elisha could have easily dismissed his servant, but instead he prayed that he too would have holy vision. Because of this, they were both able to see the great army of God fighting on their behalf. Having holy vision is where the SUPER collides with the natural. Its where impossible situations turn into Gods canvas for His greatest surprises.
When you have hope in things not seen, you see the possibility of something before it comes to be. Just like Elisha, before the battle even began, he saw INTO the future. Because when God allows you to see His army fighting for you, you know the enemy that is against you will NOT win. When you have holy vision, you have INsight into the future because your faith and your hope gives you 40/40 vision. You see things that aren’t YET there. The key word is yet because eventually, Gods proVISION will come to pass.
In Hebrews 11:1, it says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hope is a very powerful thing. It allows us to have holy vision because we anticipate the arrival of something we want or need. Just like Elisha, we are able to see beyond our resources. Hope is when we wait for healing for our mother with cancer while she’s still going through chemotherapy. Its when we wait for financial stability while still in debt. We have not yet seen these things but we hope that it’ll come to pass because we see the possibility before it even comes. We see the great army before the battle even begins. We see the finances before they even come rolling in. You see the freedom even before you are free. When you have holy vision you see the greatness of God even before you see God himself. But most of all, you believe in God and hope for His almighty power.
Let Us Pray
Father God, I thank you that you are the author of my hope. I thank you that you are the one that gives holy vision when I can’t see beyond my circumstances. So I come before you asking you to infect me with your hope in things unseen; that it would even be contagious to those around me. Help me have a vision like Elisha, that even though I’m surrounded by an impossible situation, I know you are the one that is fighting for me. So I ask that you would give me the vision to see your hand working in my life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
With love & many Blessings,