BY: RAY PRINZING
“And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isa, 29:18-19)
“And anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Rev. 3:18)
Though the prophet Isaiah betimes would speak of the darkness that would cover the earth and gross darkness the people, times of chaos, confusion and shame, he would also go on to declare that God was giving light to His people, that they might see out of obscurity, to behold Him who is their Victory.
It is significant that when the Spirit quickens the inner man, in whatever message He imparts, though the negative conditions are clearly seen and, vividly described, there is also that upsurging note of light, so that if our eyes are anointed to see, they penetrate the darkness and behold the dawning of that new day which is approaching. How the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
With the Psalmist we now would say, “Mine eyes prevent the night watches that I might meditate in Thy Word.” (Ps. 119:148) Precious are His inworkings when we are able to reach out beyond the night watches, to see the dawning of His new day. And how desperately men need anointed eyesight, to see that beyond all the present shakings there is a receiving of a kingdom which cannot be shaken. To see beyond the weeping which endures for a night, to know that joy cometh in the morning. To see that though many are being “sifted as wheat,” yet our Lord has prayed that “thy faith fail not,” and after all the sifting there shall come forth that pure faith which belongs to the matured character. To see that “though the vision tarry,” Yet “He that shall come will come” at the Father’s appointed time. Anointed eyesight means that while the darkness and obscurity still persist, yet these eyes are enabled to see beyond the immediate negativity, into the glory of that which shall be revealed in due time.