The Vision Thing

By Stan Mitchell

“Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law” (Proverbs 29:18), ESV.

You might be familiar with the King James Version’s translation here: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” It’s often quoted by speakers in corporate seminars. “If we’re to survive this tough economy,” the CEO intones, ” we will have to have a vision for the future.”

Not all visions are good, however. Jim Jones had a vision. So did David Koresh. It takes more than “vision” for a people to be pleasing to God.

Many people want their churches to adopt a sort of Burger King philosophy — you know — “have it your way.”

It takes “revelation” — specifically, a vision that conforms to God’s vision, to make a church what it ought to be. A people who do not live by God’s vision is one that has “cast off restraint.” It has become self absorbed, chaotic and lawless.

What an apt description of modern society! A vision we certainly have. “I want it! I want it right now! I have my rights, you know, and I don’t care how getting what I want affects those around me!”

A vision this certainly is. God’s vision it is not. What we must do is learn to read God’s word, and begin to see things as God sees them. Now that’s vision.

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