Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)
The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The vision to which this verse refers is spiritual vision.
Spiritual vision provides direction. It provides challenge and structure for life. Without it, people become spiritually dead. Developing spiritual vision is the process of recognizing the purpose for which you have been brought into the Kingdom of God.
Why is spiritual vision necessary? Why do people perish without it?
Read the story of the Prophet Elisha and his servant, Gehazi in II Kings 6:15-17.
God’s people, Israel, were surrounded by the enemy nation of Syria. There were many soldiers, horses, and chariots of war. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the great force of the enemy he was afraid. He cried out to Elisha, “What shall we do?” Elisha told him:
Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. (II Kings 6:16)
Then Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi’s eyes and allow him to see in the spirit world. The request was granted, and Gehazi saw the spiritual forces of God surrounding Israel.
In this example, God let Gehazi see the spiritual vision with his natural eyes. But the crucial point is that without spiritual vision the people of God cannot see beyond the natural circumstances of life.
Like Gehazi, they are defeated by the powers of the enemy which they see at work in the natural world around them. Their vision is focused on their problems and their life becomes a cycle of crying out, “What shall we do?” Without spiritual vision, they cannot see and understand the divine plan of God.
Through salvation by the blood of Jesus we are healed. Then God wants to develop your spiritual vision.
This process is a spiritual parallel of an actual incident in the ministry of Jesus:
And He cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him and besought Him to touch him.
And He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
After that He put His hands again upon his eyes and made him look up: and he was restored and saw every man clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)
This miracle was an actual physical healing performed by Jesus during His earthly ministry.
Why didn’t the first touch of Jesus heal the man completely? Jesus was providing a natural example of a spiritual truth. Jesus wants to touch you spiritually just as He did in this natural healing. First, He wants to clear up the basic blindness of sin in your life. Then He wants to develop your spiritual vision.
Spiritual vision involves seeing beyond the natural world into the spiritual world. It is understanding the divine purpose of God and recognizing your part in His plan.
Believers who are spiritually “perishing” are in one of the following categories:
-They do not have spiritual vision.
-They have received a spiritual vision but have been disobedient to it.
-They have a vision, but do not know how to fulfill it. They have tried and failed or perhaps have never tried at all.
Spiritual vision provides a clear image of what God wants you to do and then directs every step of your Christian life towards achieving that goal.
God gave Paul spiritual vision for making him a minister and witness.
His ministry was to be to an elite group of people, the Gentiles. The term Gentiles refers to everyone who is not a Jew, so it really means all the other nations of the world.
God gave Paul a plan to achieve the vision. Paul was to:
-Open their spiritual eyes from darkness to light.
-Turn them from the power of Satan to God.
-Lead them to forgiveness of sins.
-Reveal their spiritual inheritance made possible by faith.
God wants to give you a spiritual vision just as He did to Paul. God also wants to reveal the purposes and objectives which will enable you to fulfill the vision.
A spiritual vision is created in your spirit by God.
When God gave Paul spiritual vision He identified the source. He said, “I am Jesus” (Acts 26:15). God conceived Paul’s vision.
When you first receive a spiritual vision, He develops your spirit as you grow in Him. God conceives the basic vision within you if you try to change the vision, it will be deformed from the perfect plan of God. The vision must always remain the same although you may fulfill it in diverse ways.
The vision will grow and develop as you mature spiritually. Its features will not be the same as yesterday, last week, or last month. But you must never forget the basic vision which is the divine purpose for which you are called. This development of a vision will be a stretching experience, if the vision does not develop within you it will die.
When you receive this vision, it is with you constantly. It becomes a vital, living part of you. It draws from your own life source as well as from the divine source which conceived it. As your spiritual vision develops, you may have to do so many things. You may have to deny yourself of your own plans and ambitions. You may have to lay aside worldly treasures. You will have to sacrifice time to fast and pray.
Do you have a vision burning in your heart and in your spirit, just follow God’s directions and you will get there no matter what!
Thank you for reading,