Visions sometimes come through tragedies, trials, and losses. As an illustration, let’s look at Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that king Uzziah died [Isaiah] saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” Uzziah had been king for fifty-two years. Isaiah, who was a patriotic prophet, loved and adored the king. But until Uzziah died, Isaiah never had a vision from God.
Oh, that God would not have to bring a crisis into our lives before we finally see Him and His vision. My vision is determined by my character, and my character is determined by allowing the Holy Spirit to open my ear so I can listen with concentration in the presence of God. Then, the impartation of the Word becomes the inspiration of my communion with Him.
In order to hear God through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, my character must correspond to something about God’s character. Only in this way can I really hear, know, and follow the Shepherd into a vision.