Proverbs 29:16-18 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
A vision! Sounds like someone closed their eyes and somehow received this vision. It brings memories of Bible stories where God brought information through prophets by visions. I have heard preachers tell of their vision for new buildings or schools. Missionaries talk about their vision for the mission field and people of another land. Evangelists share a vision for America and the church. Some back up this need and vision by using this verse. “Where there is no vision the people perish.” The problem is they stopped quoting to soon.
The vision referred to in this verse is not to be our vision. It is to be God’s vision. The word vision here means “Prophetic Revelation.” The second part of that verse says, “but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” We no longer need God to implant visions in us for the future. The Bible is our complete “Prophetic Revelation.” God does not need another messenger with a new message. He needs messengers to carry out the old message that makes people new creations in Him.
I believe the pastors, evangelists, and missionaries who used this passage were sincere. I believe God works in us and places burdens in hearts for places of service. I also believe those Ministry related visions truly came from time in the Word and understanding God’s desire on their life. God will impart wisdom in the hearts of man to carry out earthly visions.
Nevertheless, we must be sure we understand scripture as it is written. Without a vision, people do perish. Without a Word from God, people will perish. How do we get that Word? Read the Bible daily and share it often.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
A song says, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.” We might pray; Rescue us Oh Lord, from perishing without your Word. Help us Father, not to navigate life without prophetic guidance from your Holy Word, lest we perish without your Vision. Amen.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
1 Corinthians 15 – 16 / Proverbs 29:16-18
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Daniel 5-6 / 1 John 1-2
Living In His Word Ministries
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director