“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Prov 29:18 KJV
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint” Prov 29:18 NIV
If you think about it, from the very beginning of time, everything started with vision. From the beginning, God had a vision for our universe and our world—for humankind and the kind of relationship He wanted to have with us. God then spoke the vision into being. He started with “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1)! He created us and then He said “Be fruitful and multiply,” and we did!
Later on, God appointed prophets who would listen for His voice and write down what He said. Today, the Bible is God’s primary way of revealing His wisdom and His plan to you and me. In His Word, He speaks to us, not only about the importance of vision, but the source of vision for our lives. Through Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, God said: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18 kjv). In other words, where there is no vision, things and people die! Dreams die, passions die, families die, organizations and even entire churches die! On the flip side, where there is vision, there is life, vitality, passion, and growth!
The word vision, however, is actually best translated revelation. The New International Version of the Bible translates this verse even more literally from the original Hebrew: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” In other words, where there is no vision, things and people run wild. People go their own way. Everyone wanders off in his or her own random direction. There’s no harmony. There’s no common purpose, unity, or synergy. On the flip side, when God has spoken and everyone believes in the vision, there is harmony. There is common purpose and unity. There is synergy!
Would you like to reacquaint yourself with purpose? Would you like to have everyone around you unified around the vision? Would you like to experience synergy and momentum? Would you like to experience new life, energy, passion, and growth? Then travel with me these next thirty days. In the meantime, ask God to re-clarify and/or re-ignite the vision in you. God speaks. The question is: Are we listening?
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