“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:17-18 (NIV)
What do you see when you think about your life? Do you see yourself doing the things that you think you should be able to achieve at this stage of your life, with your skills and from your background? Or do you see the incredible things that God has in store for you? The mind-blowing things that totally disregard your current status.
God needed to break it down to Abraham like this, with metaphors and similes because he wanted him to stretch his imagination. He wanted to get an old man, who had walked faithfully with Him, to dream crazy dreams. To dare to believe that his descendants would be so plentiful that they would be like millions of grains of sand that fill the banks of seashores. How amazing! I bet Abraham struggled to see everything else but this image when he closed his eyes.
Acts 2:17 says that ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams’. We need to allow God to stretch our imagination to have a vision in line with his magnificent vision He has for us.
God wants us to fathom the extent of what He is capable of if we can do as Abraham did when we walk in faithfulness and obedience. Our vision expands beyond what looks possible, because we are close to God, in constant communication with Him. We need to be willing to have sacrificial obedience even if it means letting go of things we treasure the most. We need to be so in tune with God that we can trust that His instructions never contradict the vision he has given us - even if they seem crazy.
We need to imagine ourselves free from affliction, imagine ourselves free from addiction. Imagine our families following us to church and knowing God for themselves. We need to imagine our churches filled with people turning away from sin. We need to cast down any imagination that tries to exalt itself above the knowledge and the truth of God so that your imagination is free to run wild with God. If you struggle to imagine these things for yourself, or struggle to believe the visions God is trying to give you, for whatever reason, you need to consume yourself in God's reality laid out in His word in this period of fasting and prayer. Search for scriptures that speak truth and life into your situation and let your imagination run wild!
We need to visualise it all. Visualise freedom and visualise your breakthrough. Write how it feels to finally be healed from that long term illness or to be finally holding your child in your arms. Visualise yourself being used by God in mighty ways for the kingdom. Stretch your imagination!
Further Study: 2 Corinthians 10:5, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:17-19