Vision Quests and Burning Bushes

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I love the first part of this verse in the Amplified Bible Classic Version. It says, “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation from the God], the people perish. When I read this, it makes me think that if we as Christ-followers are not living with vision from Him, we are actually dying. If there isn’t a redemptive revelation from God in our lives on a regular basis, we are dying. If we are going to truly live, we need vision from God for our lives, for our families, for our careers, and for every area of our life.

If I were to ask you, “What’s your vision for your life?” Could you answer that? If I asked about your vision for your family, could you put it into words? If I said, “What is God’s purpose for your career?” is that something that you could identify? For me, too often the answer to that question is no and then I wonder why my life doesn’t feel full or purposeful. The simple answer; I need more vision. I need more redemptive revelation from God regarding who He has called me to be and what He has called me to do.

So how do we get that? Where do we get these redemptive revelations from God? Are they supposed to just show up out of nowhere? Do I have to go on some crazy vision quest or sit silently for days on end until God descends from on high and fills my house with His presence? Well, maybe. And if that works for you, more power to you but honestly, I think God works more through obedience and consistency than through the big burning bush moments these days.

For me, and I’m willing to bet the same is true for most believers, redemptive revelation comes through reading and hearing His word. Spending time in scripture and prayer, worshiping Him, and gathering in community with other believers are the most common ways to hear what God is saying.

So ask yourself today, in what areas of my life do I lack vision? Do I have vision for my family, my job, my life in general? If not, what do I need to do to craft that vision? Where do I need to create more space in my life to hear from God and allow him to speak that vision, that redemptive revelation over me?

Where there is no vision, people perish. Don’t allow your life to slowly slip by without vision. Dig in, pursue God, and truly live.

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