September 18, 2016
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18
Sitting in the back of my eighth-grade classroom, I was listening to my teacher describing verbs and adverbs, a little embarrassed to tell her that I could not read the board. When my parents learned of my vision problem, they sent me to Dr. Freeburger. He said I had progressive myopia, which is nearsightedness, and that it would only get worse as I grew older.
The glasses he prescribed helped immensely. Simple tasks, such as reading road signs, were impossible without them. Not-so-simple tasks, such as conjugating verbs, were also greatly hindered without glasses. I found that good vision certainly makes life much easier!
Our focus verse speaks of the importance of having vision. The vision the writer is referring to, however, is the revelation of the Word of God. Another way of saying Proverbs 29:18 might be, “Where there is no spiritual guidance, the people run wild.” Indeed, if people refuse divine guidance, casting off the restraints of God’s Word, they will destroy themselves and ultimately perish. We can certainly see how that is happening in the world today.
To have good spiritual vision, we must be listening for God’s message for us. We do that by reading His Word, and by spending time in prayer listening to His Voice. When we hear the message, we must apply it to our lives. It may be difficult at times, but we want to appreciate the disciplines of the Bible, because its recorded testimony will enrich our lives more abundantly.
As we seek God, His vision for us may not explain every detail of life, but we do not need to know every detail of life. When my doctor fitted me with eyeglasses, he did not say, “Now you will be able to see the space station,” or, “You’ll be able to see through walls,” or, “You’ll be able to see the little one-celled animals in the water you drink.” Glasses are not that powerful. However, my glasses do make it possible for me to drive and read—the activities which are relevant to my daily life. The same is true in the Gospel. God’s Word contains principles that are obvious and indispensable to our lives. We may not understand every fine point, but He will show us the things we need to know.
Whatever our physical vision may be, we need to have good spiritual vision. We want to be among those who see the value of God’s Word, and who cherish His instructions each day more than they did the day before. How is your spiritual vision today?