Proverbs 29:18 Dissected & Defined
Where there is no vision (sight), the people perish (die): but he that keepeth (guards) the law (set of boundaries), happy is he.
Have you ever wondered why God paired these two statements together? They seem to have nothing to do with each other. I admit that I saw it that way until I dissected and defined its Hidden meaning.
Don’t Forget: Remember the Colon
Remember that the colon (:) in the middle simply means that the second statement just further explains the first statement. Let’s look at an Old Testament story and leader that will teach us the truth that is Hidden in this verse.
The Israelites (God’s chosen people) had become slaves to the Egyptians. God raised up a man amongst them to lead the Israelites out of bondage into the promised land of Canaan.
Lessons From God to You and Me
Solomon was the wisest man to ever live, save Jesus. God granted him a peaceful reign and wealth untold. His son, to whom the book of Proverbs is written to, is lessons and principles that Solomon desired to impart to him as he assumed his father’s throne.
Likewise, Proverbs is inspired by God to you and me with wise lessons from the Holy Spirit. He teaches us interpersonal skills, business techniques, marriage advice, development truths… it’s all wrapped up in the book of Proverbs.
Vision Impacts People
I believe this verse is Solomon sharing with his son a key to why God had anointed his kingdom to such a great degree. It was because he had vision. Anyone that God uses greatly to make an impact on people’s lives must have sight. They must have a dream, a driving passion. Without it, the people die!
Every occasion that God gave a vision though, He revealed it to a leader to be expounded upon to his followers. It is then the role of the followers to stay within the set of boundaries set up by the leader’s vision. “Happy is he” that follows his leader.
Surely each of us knows the busy days that lie ahead of us. It would be easy for us to get sidetracked by the business and demands that we have on us. Without His vision, people perish!