Where There Is No Vision
JESUS CHRIST had a clear vision of what His mission was. As a result, His life had purpose, meaning, and fulfillment in that He achieved His mission on earth.
Much is said in our society about goal setting. Manuals on how to set goals have been best sellers. Books on the value of a vision are broadly circulated.
Solomon, in his wisdom and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, ‘‘Where there is no vision the people perish.’’
The NKJ translates it, ‘‘Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint...’’ Meaning, if people don’t know what to do, they don’t do anything or they do their own thing.
When people have no divine guidance they rebel against the will of God and commit themselves to the baser and evil things of life. Many Americans have chosen to ignore divine guidance and live a lifestyle based on greed, lust, selfishness, egotism, and improper pride. Ignoring divine guidance has resulted in increased incidents of child abuse, spouse battering, murder, rape, incest, theft, alcoholism, drug abuse, disrespect for authority, disregard for personal property rights, and human life.
The Bible speaks on each of these subjects, revealing the will of God related to all of them. A person who knows what the Scripture says on these topics has a Bible world view. Most of our society has a secular world view.
In church life this text means that without a vision of what to do, the church dies or divides into multiple splinter groups. Where there is a shared vision, there is vitality and victory. Jesus Christ said, ‘‘Why call Me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say...’’ (Luke 6: 46).
The cause and consequence is explained in Proverbs 29:18.
I. COMPREHENSION OF GOD’S WILL
The word translated ‘‘vision’’ is CHAZON. It is not a reference to the ability to see the future. It refers to the will and purpose of God being made known, ‘‘inspired guidance.’’
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