The Testing of Your Vision
Remember the examples of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph Moses and David. All of these men had their visions tested. In particular, consider the life of Joseph.
The vision of God must be purified and refined by fire.
1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while [KJV: a season], if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
If Need Be
Notice that Peter wrote, “if need be.” God has a purpose. There is a need for your vision to be tested. God is removing the impurities of our own agendas and selfish ambitions. There is no other process whereby these may be stripped. For Moses it took 40 years on the backside of the desert. But it prepared him for 40 years in the wilderness with a stubborn and obstinate people.
Lester Sumrall had served God as a missionary apostle for 50 years when God gave him his biggest assignment, the one that he carried until his death. At 70 years of age, God told him to start a world-wide feed the hungry ministry. He asked God, “why now?” God told him, “now I know that I can trust you.” We can only be trusted as we are proven through the fire of testing and adversity. This is basically the same answer that God gave to Abraham, Jacob, Joseph Moses and David – “now I know that I can trust you.”
For A Season
Notice that Peter tells us that the testing is only for a season, a little while. It may seem much longer when you are going through it, but in the end, you will see that God did not allow you to be tested above that which you were able.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able…
During your testing it is important that you don’t make any rash decisions. It is easy for your judgment to become clouded and for you to make the wrong move. Even John the Baptist, when thrown into prison began to question if Jesus was really the one. This is the same man who declared, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
Also consider Jesus when tempted in the wilderness. Satan’s voice was prominent throughout the temptation. And the enemy was quoted the Word of God! By pulling it out of context, Satan was trying to trip up the Son of God to go the wrong direction and not obey the Father’s will.
In part 5, we will discuss 10 keys to getting through your test.