Where's the Vision?

"Where there is no Vision the people perish."  Oh how it seems I have heard this verse preached from the fundamental pulpit to justify an evangelism or building project.  Of course it makes for good application, but is this what the verse means?  I believe not!  The word "vision" means "revelation."  This verse could be interpreted, "Where there is no revelation from God, the people are destroyed."  This is so true.  Wherever God's Word has been, there has been change.  God has revealed himself through his precious book the Bible.  The Bible is not a lesson book (although it is often used like that).  The Bible is not a science book (although it is true when it adresses scientific realities).  The Bible is not a history book.  Someone once said that the Bible is a book of God's dealings with man.  I am sure they had good intentions, but in reality, the Bible is God's revealing (pulling off the covers) of HIMSELF.  So what can fundamental, Bible students learn from this?  When we preach the Bible, let us preach God.  It is so easy as a preacher and teacher of the Word to get right to the practical applicaton.  After all, this is what the sheep need, right?  They need practical teaching to get them through the next week.  So we teach them how to be good fathers and mothers.  We teach our boys how to be like David and Joshua.  We teach our young ladies to be like Ruth and Esther (we leave out Rahab for obvious reasons).  And then we wonder why those sheep run to the world's pastures of poisonous brush when things get difficult.  We must get back to giving the people a vision lest they perish.  That vision is the revelation of God.  We will never have strong churches or families unless those around us hear of God constantly and see God constantly.  May our mouths be speaking always of our God revealed, and may our lives always be transparent so they can see God through us.  No vision (revealing) will do unless that vision is one of God high and lifted up, while the creatures cry, "Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty which was and is and is to come."

One Comment

  1. You might also want to consider the second half of the verse you quote:

    Prov 29:18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    July 12, 2006

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