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Prov 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish….

Many management consultants have used this verse to tell their clients that their leaders need to provide a clear vision for the company. Otherwise, there is no “future” for the business; there is no direction for the team members.

So companies like Microsoft, who for a long time, had this as their vision – a computer on every desk top. Google’s mission is to organise the information in the world. And management consultants make a lot of money helping companies develop their vision, mission and values. Is this a misuse of Proverbs 29:18?

What exactly does this verse mean? The ESV translated Prov 29:18 as “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law”. (See the many different translations provided in the list below).

Various translations of Prov 29:18

In the Old Testament, prophets were God’s mouthpiece to convey His will to the people. If God does not speak, if God does not give directions on what pleases Him, the people will do what is sinful. Hence, the verse was referring to prophetic revelation that guides the conduct of the people. And they are blessed when they keep these laws revealed by God.

In our context today, we need faithful preaching & teaching of God’s word to guide us on how we should live. If this is lacking in the local Church, the members will behave like the people did in the days of the Judges where “…there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:3

2 Chr 19:2 …do we love those who hate the Lord?

And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord ? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you.  2 Chr 19:2

“Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” These words were spoken to Jehoshaphat for associating himself with Ahab and helping him.

For some reason, Jehoshaphat seemed to have a practice of having alliances with wicked people. In 2 Chr 20:17, Eliezer prophesied against him similarly “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.”

It is clear. God is not pleased when we associate ourselves with wicked people. He will judge us if we continue to do so, as He did Jehoshaphat.

Let us be careful as to who we associate ourselves with, lest the wrath of the Lord be upon us.

2 Chr 14:2-4 “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God…”

“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images. He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.” 2 Chr 14:2-4

The bible tells us how God regarded the kings of old – either they did what was good and right in the eyes of God or they did evil in the eyes of God.

What would be considered good in the eyes of God? 2 Chr 14:3-4 tell us that Asa “removed the altars of strange gods, …. broke down images,….commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, …observed the law and commandment”.

God regards us in the same manner. Are we obeying God’s commandments, putting away idols in our lives? Are we living in obedience to the law and commandments of God? If we are not, we are not doing what is good and right in the eyes of God. Let us examine ourselves today.