Where There Is No Vision

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Where There Is No Vision

By Rev. David Bast on July 13, 2022

Read: Judges 21:20-25

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint. (Prov. 29:18)

Around the time of our church’s 100th anniversary, the congregation decided to remodel and expand the building. Outside the new entrance they built a substantial sign engraved with the words, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”—quoting Proverbs 29:18 in the King James Version. The quote suggests the idea that we need to expand our view of the possible, that we should imagine what could be, rather than merely settle for what is.

That may very well be true, but it’s not what our proverb is saying. A more accurate translation helps in understanding the meaning. What the proverb is saying is that without the Word of God, people will do whatever they please. No “prophetic vision” in Old Testament terms means no biblical preaching and teaching, no Bible reading, Bible hearing, Bible believing, Bible obeying. When a society casts away God’s revelation, it casts off all restraint. The result is social chaos. It’s like the book of Judges—everybody does what seems right in their own eyes (21:25).

Is there a more accurate description of the world we live in? When people do whatever they please, things don’t get better, they get worse. People don’t become happier, they grow bored, disillusioned, and depressed. They turn on each other. If you think following your own way instead of God’s way is the path to personal happiness, just look around. —David Bast

As you pray, ask God to guide you in following his Word.

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