Posted by Pastor Szekely on April 20, 2007
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
From what we read in this proverb, people are perishing because of no vision. Is there a lack of vision…Is there no vision before the people who perish in sin and without the Saviour? What does Proverbs 29:18 mean…what is God telling us? What vision is needed so that people won’t perish?
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this proverb expounded upon in this way: “This vision is a plan or a goal for the future of our church or for reaching the lost”. Friends, all of us and all the true New Testament churches of the Lord Jesus Christ’s need to get a burden, a desire, an urgency, and a compassion for the lost…right away ~ we’re running out of time! This is true, but this is not the vision being described to us in Proverbs 29:18.
Vision in verse 18 means Divine communication! Vision brought forth the Word of God, or vision [Divine communication] WAS the Word of God. Now you may say, “Vision is Divine communication…prove it!” Let’s just do that with a brief Scripture comparison:
Gen 15:1, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision…” What was Abram’s vision…what did God divinely communicate unto Abram? “The word of the LORD”. 15:4, “And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him…” and 15:6, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
Num 12:6, “And he said, Hear now my word: If there be a prophet amony you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.”
1 Sam 3:1, “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision”. Why was the word of the LORD precious [highly valued, prized and rare] in those days? NO VISION!
2 Sam 7:4, “And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying…vs17, According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.” Nathan’s vision = the word of the LORD!
Ps 89:19, “Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst…”
Is 1:1-2, “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken…”
There are other verses to look at, but I pray we see with these comparisons that vision was and is Divine communication, and vision either brought forth the Word of God or it was the Word of God. So does vision in verse 18 mean a plan or goal for the future or for reaching the lost, or does vision mean the Word of God? Read the verse again…the second part of the verse…the Word of God makes sense in the context of the verse. Remember, God’s Word was commonly referred to as “the law” (vs18b) [Joshua 1:8 and many other places].
Isn’t the Word of God needed so that people won’t perish? [Rom 10:17] Where there is no Word of God, the people perish! People need God’s Word to be proclaimed, and God needs His churches to proclaim it! Shame on us if we don’t know our Bibles! “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
They may not listen, they may reject, but believer, let’s give them God’s vision of their condition and of His Salvation for them!