The Necessity of a Prophetic Vision from God

From Proverbs 29:18 we find these words “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is the one who keeps the law.” Sadly, most people fail to grasp the meaning and effectual meaning of the entirety of the verse because but half of it is utilized. Most of the use of the text is biased for political and emotional reasons. However, we know the Truth because the second half of the verse explains the impact of the totality. For without the keeping of God’s commands His vision is lost in the darkness. In His commands is His Light, for Jesus told a group of believing Jews,  “who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” John 8:31-32 NASB.

I think, as others, the KJV missed what should be the impact of this proverb. The Hebrew word translated as “vision” is not concerning some sort of social, personal or political success, but rather,  a prophetic vision coming from God is the intent.  The Hebrew word translated as “perish”  does not say those who do not see the vision will “die in their sins.”  Rather the translation reminds us to “remove the restraint,” or to remove the chains of sin. If the Light shining in the Darkness is not noticed because of sin people will simply follow their own sinful hearts. God’s Word removes the scales of darkness and those who keep His teachings will know the freedom of salvation. The only hope for every lost person depends upon obedience to God’s Word.

“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 NASB

The NET2 translation reads, “When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he!”

The KJV translates it this way, “Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.” (The Hebrew word translated by the KJV as “the people perish” actually means “the people are let loose” or “they cast off restraint.” However, people will spiritually die if their restraints for sin are not applied and that spiritual death is an eternal death; meaning there is no eternal life for the unsaved.

We Christians, Christ-followers, may soon begin to endure some very frustrating and difficult days. There seems to be a growing threat in our Nation for the freedom of expression in many ways. An anger toward the Christian movement is being expressed by those who are in opposition to President Trump that became a part of the fabric of some in conservative Chrisitanity. Certain lawyers and politicians are being held responsible for the excitement that Mr. Trump’s movement created. Major figures are being threatened because of their expressions of faith in Jesus Christ and support of Trump. This backlash toward Christian Conservatism will be felt across the board, no matter what denomination is targeted.

“Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name. For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners? So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.” 1 Peter 4:12-19. NET2.

The ungodly in our communities will be advancing some terrible verbiage and physical rants against us who are walking with God, and we must not be surprised. However, we must be prepared for what is to come. I am in no position to describe or detail what is coming because none of us in America has ever seen what is to come. Our Nation has always been protected from such hatred, but those in control of political storms are not law-abiding citizens and are not concerned for the Constitution. Their hearts will be expressing the hatred in their hearts.

Be reminded that Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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