Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” NASU
Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” NKJV
Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law” NIV
Proverbs 29:18 – “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy.” NLT
In the early transcripts, this was “no prophetic vision”, not just “vision” and that is a significant difference. There are multiple directions to take this and through the years I’ve taken many different approaches to this verse. This morning I have a thought and purpose that I hope will be a blessing and of benefit.
First, I believe that a church must have a “corporate vision” unto which it rallies around and that vision should come from the leader or leaders of the church. It should be their passion and reflect what “God is saying to that body of believers”. If there is no “singular vision” there is chaos with everyone running after “their vision” and wanting to make it the “vision of the whole”. The lack of effectiveness and life in that congregation would be easily discernable and people would “run wild”. There would be no “pulling together” or “being fitly framed” into a dynamic unit for the cause of the Kingdom. It would be just a bunch of isolated and disjointed parts, not a body.
Second, I believe that it is important for individual believers to have “vision” not just have, “a vision”. We need to be able to SEE SPIRITUALLY! Absence, of “spiritual vision” also brings chaos and disorder not only in the congregation but the individual life. It makes us easy targets for the devil because if “natural vision” is all we have to rely on we will fail to comprehend and apprehend what God has in store for and desires for us! In this case, you will:
- Be overwhelmed rather than propelled to victory.
- Defeatism will become prevalent rather than Spiritual Optimism.
- The prism through which you view life will be “circumstantial” rather than “promise driven”.
- Fear will prevail and faith will wither and die.
An example of what I’m talking about is found in the Book of Numbers where Moses sent out 12 men to spy out the Land of Canaan and report back so they could develop a battle plan for obtaining the promise of God. Ten came back reporting what they say in their “natural vision”. Two came back reporting what they say with their “spiritual vision.”
Notice the difference:
- They all saw the bountiful land.
- They all saw it as being all God had described.
- They say it as truly a Land of Promise.
- Ten saw the “problem” but two saw the “potential through the prism of the promise.”
If you live your life through “natural vision” you will NEVER fulfill the Purpose nor achieve the Promise or Potential God has for you. BUT, if you live your life with “spiritual vision” you will find that “fear” has no place to take root, the devil’s attempts to “intimidate” will become laughable, and “confidence” will soar because YOU SEE WHAT GOD SEES not just what is there in the natural.
I’m told that an Eagle has eight times as many visual cells per cubic centimeter as a human. Thus, an eagle flying at 600 feet can spot an object the size of a dime in six inches of grass. It can see a three-inch fish jumping in a lake five miles away. It can see from above with almost “supernatural eyesight”. When we see with “spiritual vision” we are seeing things from God’s perspective – – Above and with supernatural eyesight as well as with an assured confidence that if God sees it and said it WE CAN HAVE IT!
So, our desire and prayer should be for “spiritual vision”. It’s what God wants for us and if we seek Him and cry out to Him for it HE WILL GIVE IT! We can learn to “see” through the Eyes of God! Life will never be the same again!
May God bless you richly as you go through your day with your new vision!