Today, I want to cover a verse that is often misquoted: Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Many times when a pastor, or other type of leader, gets up to give a plan for the future, they some times will quote from Proverbs 29:18. When asked why other preachers and pastors are not as successful they will often reply, "Well, the Bible says that where there is no vision the people perish, and they just did not have a vision of growth for the future." And while that may be true about that pastor and his lack of vision for the future, the fact is the Bible is not speaking of "a vision of the future" here in this verse. The word vision comes from a Hebrew word which means, "oracle." This is evident by the part of the verse that is never quoted: but he that KEEPETH THE LAW, happy is he. The failure comes when there is no preaching of the truths of God's Word. When we proclaim the truth of God's Word, we give the hearer the opportunity to inherit true happiness through obedience.
As we continue to read and study God's Word every single day, let's take heed to this verse.