The Verse “Where There Is No Vision, People Perish” Makes Me Ponder, What Do You Think About It?
Proverbs 29:18 states “Where there is no vision, people perish.” What keeps us in a place of lack? Does God want us to feel defeated all the time when trouble might come our way? I don’t think so. God says it gives him pleasure to see the prosperity of his servants.
I think the problem might be that our visions limit God’s power. Our minds are multifaceted. Many things, a lot from childhood, make impressions upon our subconscious mind. And what is in our subconscious mind makes our reality. Whatever is imprinted in there is what you gravitate toward, whether good or bad. If you grew up in an environment where you were constantly told you would not amount to much or that you couldn’t achieve your dreams, that is what you will gravitate to all your life if you don’t change that impression in your subconscious mind. You aren’t smart enough, you aren’t pretty enough, you are too fat, too skinny, too slow, too dumb, too poor, etc. You get the idea, right? I am sure there are many of you reading this today that can relate to one of these statements as being one you heard in childhood or maybe you are telling yourself now. These things limit us if we let those visions remain. Where there is no vision, people perish.
Is What You Vision Where You Want To Go
There must be a reason God spoke in Proverbs that where there is no vision, people perish. God is a big God. Don’t box him up. He has put seeds of greatness into you. Maybe you are in a drought with old visions. Many times in the Bible, God asks “what can you see?” You need to start looking out from eyes of faith. Change the negative pictures in your mind. Put visions that inspire, not depress. Keep them forefront in your mind. Meditate on them. See through eyes of faith. There are always challenges in life, but start to change how you look at challenges. Don’t let them drag you down into a negative despair. Put them under your feet and keep your eyes on a more positive vision.
Your tendency will be to gravitate toward the vision in your subconscious mind. Be sure it is where you want to go. It is not always easy to keep positive, but here is an exercise that may help to keep these positive visions in your sight?
Do Not Perish With Negative Visions
If you feel God has put a vision of something he wants you to accomplish. Try some of the following exercises to strengthen that vision.
1. Go to a quiet place, close your eyes. Ask God to bring forth the vision He has for you. Imagine every detail as vividly as possible. The sights, colors, atmosphere, sounds, smells, tastes, the feel. Involve all your senses. Make it as alive as possible. Visualize yourself accomplishing that dream.
2. Each day, as often as possible, take a few seconds to meditate on that image.
3. Go through some magazines and cut out pictures that bring your vision to your conscious awareness also. Arrange them on a little board or in a picture frame and hang it on your wall. Some place where you pass by often. Look at it as you pass by, smile, thank your God.
4. Vision that you have already received it. Your subconscious will do the rest. Your subconscious sees in pictures and will move you toward that.
5. Be sure you are always praying for your vision to be directed by God.
6. Work on making your daily life more positive each and every day for yourself and others around you.
7. Verbally make comments out loud to yourself that are positive, encouraging and that build you up and others around you. Say things that relate to you accomplishing your vision/dream.
8. Make it a point to encourage others as well.
9. Start to verbalize out of a spirit of abundance rather than lack.
10. When you have accomplished that vision, do the same thing with the next one. Remember though, to enjoy the journey, not just the reaching of your dreams and visions.
So Where There Is Vision, People Flourish
Remember God says in His word that where there is no vision, people perish. There is so much negative in today’s world. So much that drags our spirits down. It is not always easy to keep our dreams in focus. Spend time in prayer. Even days when it is hard to see that vision and you are discouraged, keep up the exercises and see things through the eyes of faith. Ask God for help and direction. We all have moments of discouragement, but joy will always return. If it is true that where there is no vision, people perish, then wouldn’t it also be true that where there is vision, people flourish?