I sit still with my face in a brace, wide-eyed and waiting for that imminent blast of air in my eyeball. “Now don’t blink,” the optometrist says. POW! I know it’s coming, but my whole body still jerks. I feel like an idiot.
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Then we do it again with the other eye.
This unpleasant procedure has to happen each year. Without it, my vision isn’t all it can be.
The Lord does a similar thing with the vision He gives us in the Bible. We think we see it clearly until a blast in the eyeball jerks our whole frame of reference.
God Gives Vision, Then Tests It
In the Book of Genesis, The Lord’s people didn’t have Bibles like we do. Instead, the Word of God came through a variety of means—dreams being one of them. The Creator spoke through dreams to Abraham, Abimelech, Jacob, Laban, and to Joseph.
So, when God gave Joseph the vision he would rule over his brothers, it meant more than the fantasies of a spoiled kid longing for approval. It was like reading the Bible. The dreams were a revelation about the future.
Understandably, Joseph’s brothers were less than thrilled about Joseph’s Bible lesson. When they saw him approaching from a distance, they thought of a creative solution to the problem.
Here comes this dreamer! Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!’ (Genesis 37:19-20).
Yeah, well, I guess that would do it. Or so they thought.