Having visions from Jehovah God is paramount to an individual’s spiritual well-being and to a community’s well-being also. By “visions,” I mean something genuine that goes beyond fake stuff in some Christian circles such as Benny Hinn causing whole groups of people to fall out while at the foot of his stage. Proverbs 29:15 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
According to the context of this scripture, a vision can be something as miraculous as what John experienced in Revelation or as simple as exercising God’s grace through faith in Christ and his word, resulting in our obedience. In general, it is God’s revealing his will to and through his people so we can carry out that will on Earth as it is in heaven by various means–including within the church and outside the church. Having no godly vision means people will perish. Notice that “people” in Proverbs 29:15 is not specific. It can be applied to any group. A church, a neighborhood, a city or town, an organization, a nation, etc. The “perish” part means people are ending up in hell or are on the path to hell wherever there is a lack of godly vision.
Although Joel 2:28-29 promises that God’s people throughout the end times would have literal dreams and visions from the Lord, having reverence for God’s word (“keeping the law”) is the equivalent of having a vision and brings about our happiness, our deep spiritual satisfaction. So every godly vision revealed in the Bible becomes our own personal vision (1 Corinthians 3:21-23). John’s vision in Revelation is ours. Daniel’s visions for the end times are ours. Joel’s vision in the above scripture is our vision.
By embracing them as ours, we avoid what happened in Eli’s day when “there was no open vision,” (1 Samuel 3:1). We push away what happened right before Asa’s reforms when they were “without a teaching priest” (2 Chronicles 15:3). Having a vision can prevent people from being “destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
Nevertheless, we are in an era when people are demanding us to shun godly visions, telling us, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10). They yell, “Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand” (Jeremiah 11:21). So many in the church have caved to such demands. Will we? Would we rather be part of the perishing culture as exhibited all over the secular and heathen world or would we rather have God’s vision?