20/20 in 2020
Have you ever wondered what 20/20 vision really means? Some of us view that term as “perfect vision”. What about the term 20/10 or 20/200? Is there vision that is better than 20/20? Standard vision or how a “normal” person sees is considered 20/20. This means, that when you stand 20 feet away from an eye chart, you see what the normal person should see. A person with 20/20 vision can clearly identify a row of 9mm letters from 20 feet. An individual is above average if he/she has 20/10 vision. In other words, you can see at 20 feet, what a normal person can see at 10 feet from an eye chart. You can imagine what it would be like to have 20/200 vision. This is considered legally blind. He/she must be as close as 20 feet to identify objects that people with normal vision can spot from 200 feet. A legally blind person needs a distance of two feet to spot the letters on a standard eye chart that is 20 feet away. We have to consider, as well, that if a person is far-sighted or near-sighted, they may have 20/20 vision but all that changes with certain conditions in seeing up close, far away, peripheral, etc.
Now that you’ve had your lesson on eye exams, where am I going with all of this? We have entered a new year, the Year of 2020. A dear brother mentioned this with the idea of having good spiritual vision for this new year. It bore witness in my spirit that this is the heart and desire of the Lord. Many believe that if it is the will of our Father, then it will automatically happen. This is not true. Remember that we read in James 4:2, “…Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Our asking the Father in Jesus’ name is a factor in receiving the Lord’s will. How about 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord…is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Will there be people that perish? Yes, but it is not the will of the Father. Prayer can make a difference. We must pray that the lost will have eyes to see their need to be born again. God’s people must have eyes to see what the Lord is saying to the church and then obey that Word.
“Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day” (Deut. 29:4). “Son of man, you live among a rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, who have ears to hear buy do not hear; for they are a rebellious people” (Ezk. 12:2). Man has natural eyes and ears. They may physically be able to see and hear, but those who rebel against the Lord (reject Him as their personal Savior), they cannot spiritually see nor hear.
We read the story of the Prodigal son in Luke 15. He had rebelled against his father, demanding his inheritance. The Word tells us that he spent all of it on reckless and immoral living. A famine came, and the young man found himself to be in great need. Jesus tells us that “…when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” (v. 17&18). “He came to himself” meant that he had been deranged, and when he recovers, we say he has “come to himself”. In this place it denotes that the folly of the young man was a kind of derangement; that he was insane. So, it is of every sinner. Madness is in their hearts; they are estranged from God, and led, by the influence of evil passions, contrary to their better judgment and the decisions of a sound mind. We wonder why there are those that commit horrendous, evil deeds. They are blind to the Truths of our God. They see and hear words, but they do not comprehend the things of the Spirit. Notice that the Prodigal came to his father when “he came to himself.” Let us pray that the lost men and women of this world would also come to themselves and turn to the heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name.
We read in 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are blinded by satan. …But we as children of God have authority over demons that blind the lost. Let us demand demons to loose those that do not have eyes to see their need to be born again. Too many precious people have 20/200 vision. They are blind. Let us believe for 20/20 vision in this Year 2020.