Welcome to Friday….and time for another Five Minute Friday. It has been several weeks since I participated in this free writing exercise and joined the other talented bloggers who create the FMF community. I always enjoy it…and I am ready to jump in this week. The prompt is VISION – which immediately brings Proverbs 29:18 to mind: “Where there is no vision, the people perish….”
I know it is a popular verse and there may be many who use the same reference. However, at the risk of being redundant, here are my (five-minute and roughly unedited) thoughts on this verse.
GO – As I mentioned on Wednesday, our annual missions conference is only about two weeks away. It is a highlight for our church as well as for me and for my husband. I have often heard this verse in connection with missions – as an encouragement “to go” and to reach others throughout the world with the gospel. However, I think it is much more. And much more personal and specific to me.
Vision comes from the idea of a dream or revelation…and a lack of vision is a lack of God’s word. The idea of people perishing (without God’s word) is, yes, a spiritual perishing but it also has root in “being exposed” – or without restraint and out of control. Does that not apply to so much in our society today?? Our world seems to have cast off all restraint. I can’t help but make the connection to the disregard, ignorance of, and/or complete disdain for God’s word and Biblical principles. And, in many ways, it is the death of our homes, our governments, and our society.
But there is a second part to that verse I quoted above. Provers 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: BUT he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (emphasis mine)
God has given us a great promise if we will but heed His word. If we will not only seek to know its wisdom but will then also trust it and obey it. Those who walk in relationship with Christ are happy. Blessed. And rewarded by God. Psalm 19:11 says, in reference to the Lord’s statutes and commandments: “…and in keeping of them there is great reward.”
STOP. For those of us who are Christians and do walk with the Lord, these words should be an encouragement (for all of God’s promises are true!) but they are a challenge, as well, as we live in this “out of control” world. This world acts the way it does because they need the gospel. They need us to share the gospel. To be the gospel. It is easy to criticize, judge, condemn, and to find fault….but we need to be busy sharing the vision to a lost and perishing world.
My thoughts were a bit all over the place here. Apparently, I need to participate in this exercise more often. It is can be more challenging than it seems. I would love to hear your thoughts, though. Not only on this post but your thoughts on this verse…or the prompt. Thanks for stopping by –