Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
This week I would like to talk to you again about divine visitation. This intervention of God comes to stop a negative situation (or a trial of long waits) and perform a miracle in the lives of His children. Some seize it and others don’t, as it is mentioned in Luke 19:44: « …you did not know the time of your visitation ».
The crippled man who spent 38 years by the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-9, received the visitation of Christ Himself, who, seeing that he had been suffering for a long time, came to miraculously end it. The Lord asked him, « Do you want to be healed » (John 5:6). The cripple might have been irritated by this question and might have given the Master an answer such as: “Come on! Can’t you see that all the sick people here are looking for healing?”. Instead, he was sensitive to Christ’s voice, and immediately accepted and obeyed the Lord’s command: “Get up, take up your bed, and walk” (John 5:8).
What enabled this man to seize his miracle? He had a vision: to receive his healing one day, right there! The hope in his heart allowed him to have that vision and that vision was fulfilled. He hoped against all hope, despite his disability and loneliness, being far from his own people and without their help. This was also the case for Abraham, who was childless for many years. However, hoping against all hope, hoping at the time when many circumstances were against him (his age, his wife’s age, Sarah’s barrenness…), Abraham did not stop believing in the promise he received from the Lord (Romans 4:18). His situation did not make him bitter or resentful. But the fact that he was filled with hope for a better future maintained his sensitivity to divine visitation. He offered hospitality to three passers-by as he was getting some fresh air in front of his tent (Genesis 18:1-10). God then visited him through the visitors and Sarah his wife finally became pregnant with Isaac. What would have happened if Abraham did not, by the grace of God, have the intuition and sensitivity to offer shelter and food to these three men?
It is important to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit in order not to miss the divine visitation. To do this, one must keep in mind one’s vision or dream and feed it with hope.
“(…) Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”, says Habakkuk 2:2-3. Why should you make the vision (prophecy) plain read it when its time is already set? It is precisely to feed the vision so that it may be fulfilled!
Perhaps your trial has lasted too long and God is about to visit you. Keep hoping! Through this hope, feed your vision every day. When God’s visitation comes (it will come soon), the Holy Spirit will make you sensitive to it and you will not miss it. You will seize it and see the glory of God!
May God bless you!