“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18 – KJV)
I’ve always thought it interesting that no one quotes or pays any attention to the latter part of this major vision verse. Obviously, vision here isn’t some big concocted dream work, but it’s a living connection to the Father through an “open heaven” where the spirit of revelation is accompanied by a spirit of obedience to God’s revealed law-word. Here are a couple more translations for clarity’s sake.
“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (ESV)
“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” (NIV)
“When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (NLT)
This verse has been hi-jacked by the human potential movement and had the power of positive thinking spin put on it, when it obviously has more to do with understanding the revealed will of God and walking in the joy of obedience to it instead of one of the seven steps to “your best life now.”
One of my favorites:
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” — T.E. Lawrence
Don’t just be a dreamer – but be a doer!
“A vision without a strategy is a fantasy!”
Think big – start small!
Dream big and make plans!
Think globally – act locally!