by Darren Pope
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The prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly, the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty (Numbers 24:16).
Holding my iPhone at arm’s length and adding the magnifier widget to my favourites has become a thing! Footy players become so much clearer – even downfield – when I don my glasses. Great eyesight is something I have had the luxury of taking for granted for a long time, but I can notice the change. Maybe it’s time for an optometrist check-up. How’s your vision?
Looking a long way into the distance helps us think, plan and anticipate changes with a long-range view. If you peer toward the distant horizon at the Nullarbor Plain, baking heat creates a shimmering haze. What we see or think we see can potentially be misleading.
Balaam tended to share variable versions of the truth! Can Balaam really be trusted? He made this prophecy at least 1400 years before the time of Christ. That’s a distant view toward a far horizon! Given Balaam’s sketchy reputation, can the coming of a messiah be trusted?
This Advent, we also hear the word of God and have eyes to see. We are created as cerebral, articulate and spiritually thoughtful beings. We can read of stars and sceptres and conjure up images of kingly things. We don’t need to rely on an ancient micro-moment of prophecy because we have the blessing, freedom and daily opportunity to be informed by God’s word revealing the eternal truth in the Bible. God’s word can be trusted. His love spans all time, across great distances and remains the same. He doesn’t hold us at arm’s length. Through his grace, he comes to us daily with the gift of unconditional love and forgiveness. It’s always God’s work, and his love is for all. It’s clear to see this Advent. Our king is coming!
Lord of love, lift my eyes today. Help me see you clearly in each moment. Thank you for being my king and touchstone of truth. Thank you for loving me. Amen.