Where there is a Vision
Where there is a Vision
Most of us will be familiar with the following well known proverb from the King James Version of the Bible.
Where there is no vision, the people perish:
Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)
When we examine various other translations we find that this one short piece of scripture has a wide variety of interpretations.
Where there is no vision, the people perish (KJV)
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (NIV)
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (NASB)
A nation without God’s guidance is a nation without order (GNB)
Without a Vision is a people made naked (YLT)
In the days of Eli and his sons we find a very similar description of a people without vision.
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. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
1 Samuel 3:1-3 (KJV)
Eli could no longer see. His natural ability was a reflection of the spiritual situation. There was no longer any revelation from God. The word of the Lord was scarce. The tabernacle was in darkness. The lamp of the Lord, which was meant to burn evening and morning, no longer burned. This golden candlestick in the inner court of the tabernacle represented the Holy Spirit and the light, revelation from God. There was no vision.
For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
1 Samuel 3:13 (KJV)
Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were ministering as priests before God in the tabernacle at Shiloh, but they were altogether corrupt. Indulging in various sinful acts they were unrestrained, without order and running wild. Eli had failed to empower his sons with God’s vision. They had no divine focus point and therefore no godly direction. When there is no revelation from God the people will do as they please.
Sometime later Israel was at war and they were losing ground to the Philistines. Hophni and Phinehas were summoned by the elders to bring the Ark of the Covenant into battle. Not understanding God’s vision the people saw the Ark as a kind of magic box, but God was not to be manipulated. The Philistines captured the Ark and killed Eli’s sons.
The lack of vision ended in death, not only for Hophni and Phinehas, but also for Eli and his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’ wife, as they received the bad news.
And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
1 Samuel 4:17-18 (KJV)
After hearing the shocking news Phinehas’ wife went into labourer, giving birth to a son, but dying shortly thereafter. She named her son Ichabod, which means, the glory is gone. Because of a lack of vision, her husband was dead, her father-in-law was dead and Israel had lost the presence of God.
When God placed man in the Garden of Eden, He warned Adam not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because once filled with that worldly knowledge they would surely die. Not heeding God’s warning, they indulged in the serpent’s lies and the death cycle set in. Their eyes were opened to worldly wisdom and shut to God’s Vision. No longer walking by faith, man began to walk by sight and other carnal senses. Man lost his purpose and direction, threw off restraint and ran wild.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Genesis 3:7 (KJV)
After the cross Jesus opened the eyes of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. He later sent all the disciples to wait in the city, for the promised Holy Spirit which would clothe them in power.
And behold, I will send forth upon you what My Father has promised; but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high.
Luke 24:49 AMP
If we return now to Proverbs 29, let’s turn the proverb around from negative to positive…
Where there is vision, the people are orderly and move together in one direction.
Where there is vision, the people are clothed in glory.
Where there is vision from God, the people live, they have life!
In the amplified translation it reads…
Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish;
Proverbs 29:18a (AMP)
In other words, where there is a revelation of God the people will have life!
This vision that gives life is revealed by God, it is God’s vision!
God’s Vision is the ultimate pursuit! It is the greatest vision of all.
God’s vision, God’s will, God’s desire, God’s plan and purpose!
People have said in the past: “This vision is so great, it’s worth dying for”, but what about a vision that is so great that it’s worth living for!
If we could discover God’s vision, we would discover life!