Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Prov. 29:18 KJV
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The scripture today is one of the many lines of wisdom words available in the biblical book of Proverbs. The scripture in its usual format has two sections in the single verse in reference but linked by a common intention. The reference scripture today focuses on two of many options that are available for man in general and the Christian in particular, which are perishing/destruction and happiness/joy.
Whereas to perish will mean to die especially in a sudden way, to be happy is to have a feeling of pleasure or contentment. To die in this instance may not initially mean physically departing this realm but will mean not being able to achieve what someone who is living will be associated with. It will mean that such a person is just existing and has no success milestone to point to. A life that transits from one failure to the other and has no reference of a positive event other than just celebrating being alive will be a life that is existing. To live is to enjoy some basic comforts of life, not necessarily to be a millionaire, but be able to produce fruit in due season with its leaves not withering and all that is done being successful – Ps. 1:3.
A happy life is a joy-filled life. The joy in reference here is not the one associated with acquisition of earthly treasures as these are mainly temporary in nature and can be easily taken or destroyed, since they are rooted in external factors. The joy of the Christian is a lasting joy that cannot be touched by external factors, much more its been destroyed thus affecting it negatively. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) with guarantee of its availability in this realm and in the life after life.
The writer of today’s scripture in the book of Proverbs states confidently that vision prevents slow and/or violent death, not just for an individual but even for a people or nation. Vision which is defined as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom is what the writer of this scripture says is required to avoid perishing. The definition reveals the need for four major abilities if an individual or a nation is to successfully benefit from it, all of which are outside the ability of man if they are to be effective. An effective vision will be;
1. The product of the ability to think effectively and rightly.
2. The product of the ability to plan effectively such that all factors, positive or negative are properly taken into account.
3. The product of the ability to imagine situations that are yet to arrive or have never happened before. To bring forward to the present events that will happen in the future.
4. The product of one who possesses wisdom. This is because there will be need to wisely apply all the above such that they can be in work for the good of the individual.
All the above abilities may be possessed by all people but the best source of such abilities that can provide a perfect vision, which helps to avoid perishing, is from the Almighty God, the proof of which lies in his creation of heaven and earth. Not only did he think and plan the world and all that dwell in it, He imagined its existence and wisely laid the foundation – Ps. 24:1-2. A people that cannot have access to the stream of all these abilities that flows from the Lord will most assuredly perish, may be not instantly but definitely gradually. Access to these streams will provide continuous and regular guidelines for such people to operate in. Adherence to those daily rules of the Lord will produce joy as being revealed by the writer of today’s scripture. The divine rules in the bible will remain valid for ever but man also requires current and regular instructions which are particular to each person or people. Operation in the biblical instructions without confirming its relevance to peculiar and individual situations will still produce destruction. It is important that a people that desire to avoid destruction and enjoy eternal happiness remain in regular contact with the Holy Spirit. If this is absent, such groups or individuals may be indeed sincere in their Christian beliefs, but their operation in a rule that has not been tweaked with to fit into their particular situation, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will still make them prone to destruction. Current vision which reveals God’s laws for specific situations are required to achieve the joy that the writer of today’s scripture is referring to.
You may indeed be a very devout believer but without the current and relevant vision provided by the Almighty God, through the Holy Spirit, you are not too far from destruction which probably explains your situation right now. Operate in his current vision for your life and joy will return to you in that situation in the name of Jesus. Amen.