What a wonderful blessing we have in sight. Since most of us have had good sight all our lives, it becomes easy to take that blessing for granted. It is, indeed, an amazing gift that God has given us. Vision equips us to navigate through life safely and empowers us to accomplish many great things. Through this gift we are able to enjoy the blessing of experiencing the beauty of creation and the ability to learn many things and visit many places through the gift of reading, just to name a couple.
While physical vision is one of our greatest blessings, as well as one of our greatest assets, there is one of even greater importance. That is the blessing of spiritual vision. The wise writer of Proverbs, inspired by the Holy Spirit, warned that “without vision the people perish……” (KJV) Perhaps another way to look at it is the way The Message says it: “If people can’t see what God is doing, people stumble all over themselves.” Proverbs 29:18a. Another way to paraphrase it, might be to say, “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” Or, “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint.” But the verse does not stop there. It continues, “He who keeps the law, happy is he.”
God’s word speaks a lot about vision and visions. Scriptures make reference to visions. For example, we read in Joel 2:28 that in the last days “your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” However, this refers to vision in the sense of dreams or significant impressions attributed to a divine agency. Rather, realizing there are different aspects of the word vision we will explore the understanding of simply hearing the Word of God and heeding it.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” This indicates that the vision we are talking about has everything to do with God’s Word. If people cast off the restraints of God’s Word, they will perish. If they refuse divine guidance, they will run wild. We do not want to be among those who have no vision.
We want to remember the practical side of the Gospel. There is value in the Word of God as it is as we apply it to our lives. As we begin setting our sights on our study let’s pray as the Apostle Paul did, “that the eyes of the believers’ understanding would be opened so that they would be able to see the riches of His inheritance in the saints (see Ephesians 1:18). We want that same kind of spiritual vision: eyes that are open to the value of the Word of God and its precepts.