Where There is No Vision the People Perish

This is a very powerful quote, not just about survival as a nation but survival as an individual. I would even go as far to say that not only is it hard to survive without this attitude, it is impossible to thrive and be successful in any aspect of your life without it. So who said this famous quote? Was it Martin Luther King Jr., or the Bible, or maybe MLK quoting the Bible? It’s all the above. Let me give you the full Bible verse:

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18 KJV

What I find most interesting about this verse is the correlation of “vision” and “law”. If you have no vision, you will be restrained from reaching your God-given potential. But how do you have vision? It’s all in this verse. God wants us to become all He has intended us to be knowing that the end of His will for us is happiness. He wants us to be happy, and He wants us to have a vision of that happiness.

So what does that have to do with keeping the law? Isn’t the law of Moses fulfilled in Christ? The connection is that true vision comes in knowing the law of God and thus His will, and then keeping it. If we continue in the path that God has set for us, and keep his teachings in following His Son Jesus, then we truly have vision. And that vision will result in a full and happy life.


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