The God of Scripture is our loving, heavenly Father Who wants what’s best for Israel. Then how come our nations are in this condition, and are there other things we could be doing besides arguing over doctrine and whining about politics? We must seek the capability to go beyond just where we are by trying to revive what’s already been accomplished or even failed, as there’s nothing new under the sun anyway. As you will see, this Proverb teaches how vision is the key:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
Does your overall attitude and focus reflect a genuine concern for “the people” ? Christ did say that in the last days it would be as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39). Before the Flood, clearly the Bible gives us an accurate description of this from God’s perspective:
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5
Notice, God’s attention was on the “imagination” of their hearts. Without vision, our hearts and minds are filled with the wrong things – we might even be imagining “evil” and not even know it. How is this not what’s at the root of what’s wrong in America? This has resulted in some thinking that obsessing over politics and theology can somehow straighten all of this out.
Let’s face it, most of us are way too busy doing our own thing to care about one another as we should. We make every excuse, some of us resorting to acting like devils to one another for the sake of selfish interests. Even more common, is how among those who claim to be racially awake, many seem to get so caught up in focusing on Jews and non-Whites, that they are blinded toward taking any personal responsibility themselves. Continuing to do this is what will keep us weak.
Israel has lost her vision.
In an age of apostasy, when men think picking one another apart and splitting hairs over doctrine is being spiritual, we hear very little if anything about vision anymore. Because of such high-mindedness, the idea of vision is being characterized as New Age or ‘mystical’, due to the wide-spread cynicism which poisons the hearts of our generation. Choosing to put attention on everything else except the condition of our own hearts is just a subtle admission that “there is no vision”. You may as well stop expecting anything or anyone else to change until you do.
According to this, without vision, there is no hope.
Notice, there’s actually a specific location “Where” vision must be absent, in order for things to be so hopeless – it’s in the heart. This explains how individuals, and even nations over time, move from a place of hope and optimism to a place of scarcity and desperation – “Where there is no vision”. Vision resides in a pure imagination, seeing beyond the darkness. It is critical therefore, that above all things we seek to cleanse our hearts ’til our imaginations are no longer evil, but healthy and useful (Psalm 139:23-24). Stop wasting even more time, arguing and trying to figure all of this out. Repent and let God cleanse our hearts. If you cannot even imagine things getting better, even in your own life, vision has yet to become a part of your experience.
When He looks into your heart, does God see what He wants to see? In our time, it isn’t difficult to get so down-hearted that we lose sight of how we need to be – have you been there? Maybe you’re there right now. If you’re tired of how all those you are around only want to focus on how bad it is, it is an indication that you have outgrown them and are looking for a change of heart. If the people are not in our hearts, then our hearts are evil because they are empty of what God wants to be there. Israel must stop allowing stubbornness and fear to grip our hearts as we almost always have. We must seek only God’s direction.
What is “vision” and what does it involve?
Obviously this vision can only become that which results in what’s best for the people. This could involve a lot of things, but mainly it must end up completely restoring, preserving – saving the people. For this statement also carries with it that if there indeed is vision, the people cannot and will not perish. Therefore, it must be clear in your heart: there must be vision, or else.
For instance, from the moment they first heard it, the brothers of Joseph did not share his enthusiasm concerning his prophetic dream, choosing to focus on having to bow down to him. Ultimately, it was evil already in their hearts which led them to sell their own brother into slavery. Many years later, after Joseph was long forgotten by them, little did they know but his brethren found themselves dependent on that same dream coming to pass in order for them to be preserved in the midst of a great famine. Learn the lesson by having the right attitude and focus ahead of time by opening your heart to what God wants you to do concerning the people.
The insight of this Proverb is happening in real time, right before our eyes – “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. If we therefore will not change within this our present condition, obviously the consequences are inevitable. Therefore, something must give within us, or else we will be irreversibly affected. Vision therefore can only spark and emerge from within and in reference to the people. With this impending prospect, drastic change must occur.
Vision isn’t just wanting more for yourself, but wanting God’s best for the people.
The amazing thing is, it only takes one heart to arise in order for vision to become active on the behalf of the people. Being open to vision then, on your own behalf, is at least proof that you haven’t given up. Vision is conceived within from somewhere else. It contains the power to conquer whatever prospect of ruin and certain destruction we may face. It is what our souls long for. Is it frightening to think God might bring something like this to you? If not, then prepare to be misunderstood and even rejected, until the results of the vision comes to fruition.
It is apparent then that without vision, days grow progressively darker, no matter how much we think you know or what clever information we may gather in the meantime. Where there is no vision, there is deterioration from within. Oh, you may know full well that you’re an Israelite. But without vision from above, all that means is you are just another Israelite who has forgotten about God. Without vision, all your life will continue to consist of is the dead burying their dead (Luke 9:60). Be sure one is full of darkness whose favorite pastime is finding fault with his brethren. For how can one expect to grow or have vision when he can’t even see past himself.
Among those who are racially awake, some believe the solutions only involve demographics and economics. It goes without saying that separation from Jews and non-Whites is a must, as well as us having jobs and our physical needs met. But even if our lands were completely emptied of all Jews and non-Whites and all economic concerns and physical needs were met, our people just can’t get along. Therefore, vision cannot be exclusively in reference to mere survival or externally motivated. Otherwise, the word here wouldn’t be “vision”, but something else which reflects that the results have the potential for changing or running out, such as “Where there is no food, water, or separation the people perish.”
Truly by this we recognize just how special, dare we say holy, vision really is.
Though it includes these things, vision encompasses something beyond food, water, border walls, and deportation – it is much more. For it is the only thing that can also bring peace to where our people would not be in danger of one another.
Recognize by the balance of this Proverb that our Father has more for us than just not to perish or mere survival.
Since the first part of this verse is pretty familiar, we began by concentrating on it. Now let us notice how the second part of this Proverb (concerning the law and personal happiness) relates to how vision reflects God’s best for us being fulfilled. Let’s read it again:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
What could be the connection between vision and the law? There is no question that God only gave the law to Israel. But what Israelites must get is why God gave Israel the law in the first place. Most are quick to assume since it’s called “the law” that its primary intent is only to keep us all in line, and that our happiness or contentment isn’t even a consideration. If that’s really what we want to believe, it speaks volumes about how we really feel about our heavenly Father and why so many of us can’t help but keep reverting back to politics for answers.
If we follow the message of this Proverb as a whole, vision relates to us somehow becoming “happy” by keeping God’s law.
So we must be clear that not only does vision result in the people not perishing, “but” also that happiness (due to keeping God’s law) must be what God wants for Israelites. Otherwise, having vision would not prevent the people from perishing and keeping the law would lead to something else besides happiness. Unfortunately, inferior concepts of God and Christianity are being taught and accepted today that do not reflect these values. Look closer at what you believe about God and His law and see if ultimately these have been the results of your own faith and practice.
In most of its usages, the conjunction but is utilized to provide contrast. Here, it is being used to emphasize how much God wants more for us, beyond just not perishing. The second part of this Proverb then goes on to clarify both what attitude leads to vision and the much-needed result of observing God’s law – Israelites being happy and therefore, in harmony one with another.
But given what most of us have been taught is the purpose of the law, what must change in order for vision to find its fulfillment?
The Mosaic law or in Hebrew torah simply means “instruction”, intended for Israel’s betterment. The law of God is the fence of protection around God’s people. That’s why we read for instance, of prophets needing to ’stand in the gap’ from time to time to warn the people concerning whatever particular area of the law the people were letting down on. One who has vision and has a heart for the people would certainly be who you want for that. But until one sees God’s law as more than a way to elevate himself up above his brethren, he’ll see no need for vision and will continue on in his own discontentment. God’s law however, is for our whole race to elevate itself through the power of God’s love, as Paul said:
Owe no man anything, but love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10
Israelites loving one another is the fulfillment of the law of God.
Paul is saying it’s the love an Israelite has in his heart to begin with which makes us not want to murder, steal, bear false witness, and so on. One who has vision lives from within toward his brethren. He doesn’t look at the law with the attitude, “Ok, I can do this, but I can’t do that to my brother” – that never lasts. What does last is the happiness and contentment we have within because we loved our brother, regardless of how he treated us.
The more truth we learn, the more humble and introspective we should be. However, some who claim to be racially awake above all others, thinking themselves to be superior to their brethren about the Bible, only see God’s law as a weapon. Mark these types who are always eager to use the law to condemn their brethren (even falsely), especially those who may not agree with them on every little thing. In their minds, emphasizing love is weakness, as if it were some JudeaChristian heresy. Meanwhile, the one they want to claim as their hero (the Apostle Paul) has even more to say about the purpose of God giving Israel the law and the key to us seeing God’s best come to pass for our people:
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14
The great Apostle declared to the dispersed nations of Israel, “For ALL THE LAW is fulfilled in ONE WORD”. What is it, Paul – truth… doctrine… condemnation? Paul says once again, it’s “love” – “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”. Yet it seems like it’s the hardest thing for some professing Christians to accept. Our ignorance and lack of acceptance of this, is exactly why we as a people, are in the shape we’re in. If we cannot humble ourselves and come to agree on how the law is fulfilled by Israelite brethren loving one another, then we should just shut our mouths.
We need to stop trying to correct everyone else with God’s law more than we correct ourselves when it comes to love. It does no good to try to make the Bible say what we want it to say. We must begin by admitting that we’ve had no vision, we possess no happiness, and it’s all because we’ve had no love.
The lack of vision for Israel comes from a lack of love for one another and ultimately God.
You cannot help or effectively teach anyone else if you refuse to first change and help yourself. If you’re not even happy, why would you want another Israelite to agree with or be like you? How could someone so full of darkness help others who are perishing?! Sooner or later, our unhappiness will be detected by others to the point where they will see we are no better off, though they may tolerate our attitude and agree with us for a time. But if you might first seek happiness through inwardly applying God’s law to your own life, you can have an attitude and focus that will impact others in a meaningful way. If it is in your heart to genuinely love people, something good is happening inside you and that’s where vision begins. True happiness comes when all we want is God’s perfect will to be accomplished and this Proverb declares it.
For vision to be this indispensable, it must be more than the best human ‘trial and error’ has to offer. This inner capability to see further than ever before in your life, and especially for others, transcends the sum total of all the perception we can muster by ourselves. This shows how vision can only be foresight or revelation of a divine origin. Vision is something that comes from God, bringing more than temporary relief, or even just preservation, but peace and total fulfillment. Vision makes us willing to trust God no matter what.
Vision isn’t about being a spectator but for one who is no longer skeptical about divine intervention, and is willing to participate in the supernatural when the time comes.
Ultimately without Christ, there is no vision. In a New Testament sense, vision is wanting Christ to flow through you like rivers of living water (John 4:13-14; 7:37-39). Without His death, burial, and resurrection, and Him being the Resurrection and the Life Himself, the people have absolutely no hope. Given what Christ accomplished for Israel at the cross, there can be no vision from God that does not in some way involve the furtherance of His Gospel. It is this Gospel vision we need.
Do you care more about what people think, what you can get from people, or just “the people” themselves?
Would you like to know what God wants you to do to reach your people for Christ?
The moment has come to get in touch with our own personal attitude and spiritual focus.