Why We Need Vision

 

Today we’re going to look at vision from a Spiritual perspective. By that I mean, looking at vision strictly in relationship to Spiritual understanding. Today’s Bible Journaling verse is Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” (NASB) The King James Version says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish’ but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The NIV says, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

In J. Vernon McGee’s Commentary on Proverbs, he says that “Vision’ is actually spiritual understanding. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer to give him understanding of the word of God.’” The Hebrew word for vision is “Chazown” and it means a vision, oracle, or prophecy of divine communication. When our pastors preach, they can give forth divine communication. Vision is a mode of revelation.

Without vision, an understanding of God’s Word, we walk in chaos. Our verse today says that without a vision the people are unrestrained. We see so much of that in our society today. It is much like it was in Micah’s day, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” There is no Spiritual knowledge or understanding and everyone does what “feels right.”

For us to walk in a manner that gives God glory and honor, we need to be students of His Word. II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (KJV) Digging into the Bible helps us to gain understanding and live according to its precepts, and brings peace, joy, and happiness.

When we study God’s Word, we bury it deep into our hearts, minds, and the very spirit of our being. We make it a part of ourselves. God will reveal His desires for us through His Word and through the preaching of the Gospel, and we find a life of order and peace, and we are walking in the pathway He has set before us.

In I Samuel 3:1, the Bible tells us that when Samuel was a young boy, he “ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” (KJV) When God’s word is given in an atmosphere where there is no understanding, then God must appoint someone to give the understanding. God raised up Samuel to meet the need of declaring God’s Word.

We see today in countries where God’s Word is scarce and preaching is condemned, the hearing and reading of the Word of God are precious. People cherish a Bible in their hands, whether it’s the full book or just a page because it is not readily available for them to read or own. They treasure it. We too should treasure the Bible, the hearing of God’s Word, and the preaching of the truth. Spiritual understanding helps us to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18 KJV)

The Truth Shall Make You Free

As we continue to study on our freedom in Christ, our Bible Journaling comes from John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (KJV) Most of us usually have a poor image of ourselves. We have believed the lie that comes from the enemy that we are unlovely, we are incapable of doing what God has called us to do, we can’t possibly be a child of God because we are imperfect and we sin, on and on it goes.

But God tells us something different. Our verse says that we are to know the truth. Some may ask, “What is truth?” or “Who’s truth?” John 14:6 tells us, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” (NASB) The only truth is Jesus Christ, and truth comes from Him! The Bible says that Satan is a liar, in fact, the Bible calls him “the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Therefore, anything he has to say to us is a lie! That verse also says that “there is no truth in him.” (NASB) The enemy loves to whisper his lies to us in order to cause us to fall, and then when we do fall, he condemns us for falling after we have believed his lies. That is his trap. Only truth comes from God!

So, how do we counteract the enemy and his lies. We believe the truth of God’s Word and what He says to us. We believe God’s Word about who we are in Him. By turning to Jesus, reading the Bible and believing in our heart what it says to us, we then embrace truth and knowing that truth will set us free from the bondage that Satan would have us be under. We can break chains of bondage by believing God’s report instead of the enemy’s lies.

Unfortunately, for some, it is very difficult, especially if they were raised in a household where they could do nothing right, were constantly being criticized, called worthless, and degraded with every breath they breathed. After living a lifetime of constant attack, the mind tends to believe what it hears, and sometimes it takes a lifetime to counteract what it has always heard and believed. Filling our minds with the truth of God’s Word is the remedy for a life of poor self-image. We can take what God says about us to heart, hide it deep inside, meditate on it, and allow it to radically change our minds and our thinking.

I Peter 2:9 tells us that we ”are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.” (NLT) I John 3:1 tells us that we are God’s children. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has thoughts and plans for us, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” (NASB) Isaiah 49: 16 tells us, “”Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” (NASB) Isaiah 43:4 says, “…you are precious in My sight, …you are honored and I love you…” (NASB)

Now, if God calls us precious, if He says we are chosen, if He calls us His children, if He thinks about and plans for us, if He has our names inscribed on the palms of His hands and is continually listening to our prayers, don’t you think that means we are worthy? Don’t you think that means we are able to do and be what He calls us to do and be? We must stop believing the lies of the enemy and walk in God’s truth and freedom. It is time to allow the truth of God’s Word to makes us free.