Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

From The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins

Vision is Vital

“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;

But happy is he who keeps the law.” -Proverbs 29:18

Vision is vital to Christian living. Those who grew up memorizing the King James Version of the Bible remember this verse translated as, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon, the word revelation (vision) means “to mentally perceive; to contemplate.” The word translated restraint or perish is translated other places in the Old Testament as “to go back.” We see this in Numbers 14:3 (NIV) when those wandering in the wilderness wanted to “go back” to Egypt. Thus, those who have no vision, no perception of what they could be, seem to have no real direction in their Christian pilgrimage.

Vision is vital. Soon after the completion of Disney World in Orlando, someone asked Michael Vance, the creative director, “Isn’t it too bad Walt Disney did not live to see this?” Vance quickly replied, “He did see it, and that is precisely why we are here today!” If this is true for secular organizations, how much more vital is vision for those of us who are seeking to be followers of Christ, the greatest visionary who ever lived?

Before every great undertaking, there is someone who has a vision for the task ahead. The football coach has a game plan before the kickoff, a vision of what he wants his team to accomplish. The army commander or platoon leader sees the infantry’s strategy, a battle plan, before the fighting ever begins. The artist has a conception in his or her mind before the painting is put on the canvas. What a difference vision makes in life. Too many Christians are just going to meetings, following schedules, simply existing— and something is missing. Vision, a perception of what God wants us to be and do, is vital.

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