“Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor, and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.” — Isaiah 33:17
One of the most serious losses of life in a big city is the absence of horizons. If this seems exaggerated, try it on yourself. Those who live in cities can testify that in crowded streets it is impossible to see a sunset or a sunrise.
It is impossible to see over the buildings. In the midst of high buildings life is like living in a narrow gorge. There is a real loss of horizons.
That is the great calamity in life in our mind and spirit, the loss of horizons. Christian faith gives us far horizons—and it seems to be disappearing in our churches!
Faith-based vision is the catalyst in viewing the horizon of eternity which surrounds our life and times. The Father is our landscape—our world—and can only be seen by the “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8).
God’s desire is that we “see the king in all His splendor.” He wants us to “see a land that stretches into the distance.” How can you and I experience the reality of this in our daily lives?
It’s simple: don’t build stuff into your life that obstructs the view!
Death to self, surrender to God and obedience will ensure you never lose the view. Hebrews 12:1-2 is a good game plan for not losing your horizons:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”