Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Proverbs 29:18 indicates that without revelation, God’s people cast off restraint. The Message puts it this way: If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed. God’s people need vision and a revelation of God in order to find God’s purposes. God’s purposes bring order to His people. As believers, we must seek the Lord to find His purposes. (Jeremiah 29:13) His Word teaches us that in order to have vision, we must first seek the Lord, not the vision.
In seeking the Lord, He will reveal His plan for our lives. So often we get it backwards. We want answers from God and seek those answers. Instead, He tells us to seek Him first and all these things will be given, saying, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you. (Matthew 6:33) Throughout David’s life, we see his determination to seek the Lord as he made decisions. We may have many good plans, even godly plans, but it is God’s plans that will have eternal value: Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
Recently, I found my life in disorder. I recognized that I had lost the vision that the Lord had given me and I needed to go back to Him and seek Him. I needed to spend daily time with Him, not simply seeking vision, but seeking Him. Out of the increased time that I spent with Him, the Lord began to reveal His plan to me. Because of my prayer and meditation on His Word, He began to remove the cloud that surrounded my thoughts. It wasn’t an overnight revelation, but I began to discern His will. Trusting Him to lead me became key to knowing the way: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight. (Proverbs 3:5)
Thank you for restoring my vision as I seek You. Help me to remember that You are the vision for my life, and it is with You alone that I will find my way.
In Jesus’ name, Amen