No Vision

No Vision

 

Proverbs 29:18 (ESV) ~ Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

 

God’s Word is a powerful force that preserves, protects, and keeps us on the path of righteousness. Commentators differ as to the meaning of vision, but the second statement of the proverb defines it. Law is parallel to vision and establishes that the subject of the proverb is the Word of God. Vision is divine revelation given through the Word of God.

 

When we do not have the constant influence of God’s Word in our lives, we become unrestrained. Perish means to loosen or cast off restraint. When we ignore, neglect, or deny God’s Word, we eventually loose ourselves from the boundaries set by God Himself. We “run wild” (NLT). As a result, we are likely to fall into sin and ultimately perish (Jas.1:15). Grasp the correct meaning of this word picture: it does not present the Bible as a rope that binds us or a prison that confines us. The Bible is a hedge that protects us from the dangers that lurk outside its boundaries. If we keep (shamar) God’s Word—hedge our lives with it—we will be happy. We will walk about freely inside its borders and remain unharmed by the dangers of sin.

 

1 Samuel 3:1 (ESV) ~ Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

 

If there has ever been a time for a desperate need for the Children of God to minister, to attend to, to serve, be a servant for, wait for, be a worshipper to God…the time is NOW!!!

 

We are in a desperate need for the Word of God to minister into our lives as well. We need the leadership, guidance, wisdom, knowledge and understanding that can ONLY come from the Word of God.

 

During Samuel’s time, no person seemed to have the moral character or the willingness to step forth and lead God’s people in the ways of righteousness and justice. Every person did whatever seemed right in his own eyes, doing what he wanted when he wanted. Wickedness ran rampant, with every person forsaking God and doing his own thing. Please remember, this is describing the day of Samuel and you thought I was describing today!

 

How did it come that Samuel would be the person God was looking for? A replacement for the spiritual leadership that had formed a void, a person that God could call and set apart to be a peculiar person among His people. Hannah…

 

Hannah renewed commitment. Hannah renewed prayer. Hannah renewed dedication. Hannah worshipped when others thought she was crazy. Hannah worshipped, prayed and sought the Lord when others rebuked her.

 

In today’s time, God is looking for a remnant of people who will take the Word of God to the world. Who will step forth and become the minister of the gospel for God? What man? What woman? What boy? What girl? Who will step forth, believing and totally committing his/her life to Christ? Who will hear the call of God and become a prophet, a dynamic witness to a needy, lost and dying world?

 

John 4:35 (ESV) ~ Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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