Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)
“Twenty-twenty vision” is the expression used for “perfect sight.” As we have got older, our natural eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be, and spectacles are much needed! However, while the natural eyesight of God’s people may not always be clear, there is absolutely no need for their spiritual vision to be so; for God has promised to give vision to us, and has warned us of the danger of living without it.
Our promise today is translated variously in different English versions; but the heart of it is the same: where people do not get clear direction, they are prone to “do their own thing.” But God has a vision for each one of us that brings peace and direction; and He wants each of us to get hold of that for ourselves.
One reason we can be so sure that God has vision for our lives is, quite simply, that we are His! “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine,” he says (Isaiah 43:1). In fact, He knew us from before our conception! “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart,” he told Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5). David recognized that God’s plan for his life began even before he was born: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb … All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13, 16). If God has taken such care in His preparation of us, how can He not have a vision and purpose for us?
If, then, God promises that He has vision for us, the least we can do is to ask Him to reveal it to us and to help us to be obedient in walking in it. Perhaps this is something that you have never done; perhaps it is something that you have let go of, because of pressures or circumstances. If so, today is as good a day as any to take hold of God’s promise, as you recognize that without His vision you will perish, but that with it you will truly live!
“I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” (Acts 26:19)
© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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