Waiting upon God is vital in order to see Him and receive a
vision from Him. And the amount of time spent before Him
is also critical, for our hearts are like a photographer’s film—the
longer exposed, the deeper the impression. For God’s vision to
be impressed on our hearts, we must sit in stillness at His feet
for quite a long time. Remember, the troubled surface of a lake
will not reflect an image.
Yes, our lives must be quiet and peaceful if we expect to see
God. And the vision we see from Him has the power to affect
our lives in the same way a lovely sunset brings peace to a troubled
heart. Seeing God always transforms human life.
Jacob “crossed the ford of the Jabbok” (Gen.32:22), saw God,
and became Israel. Seeing a vision of God transformed Gideon
from a coward into a courageous soldier. And Thomas, after seeing
Christ, was changed from a doubting follower into a loyal,
People since Bible times have also had visions of God. William
Carey, English pioneer missionary of the eighteenth century who
is considered by some to be the Father of Modern Missions, saw
God and left his shoemaker’s bench to go to India. David Livingstone
saw God and left everything in Britain behind to
become a missionary and explorer, following the Lord’s leading
through the thickest jungles of Africa during the nineteenth century.
And literally thousands more have since had visions of God
and today are serving Him in the uttermost parts of the earth,
seeking the timely evangelization of the lost. Dr. Pardington
It is very unusual for there to be complete quiet in the soul,
for God almost continually whispers to us. And whenever the
sounds of the world subside in our soul, we hear the whispering
of God. Yes, he continues to whisper to us, but we often
do not hear Him because of the noise and distractions caused
by the hurried pace of our life. Frederick William Faber
Speak, Lord, in the stillness,
While I wait on Thee;
Hushing my heart to listen
Speak, O blessed Master,
In this quiet hour;
Let me see Your face, Lord,
Feel Your touch of power.
For the words that You speak,
“They are life,” indeed;
Living bread from Heaven,
Now my spirit feed!
Speak, Your servant hears You!
Be not silent, Lord;
My soul on You does wait
For Your life-giving word!