Here we are at chapter 29. After today we only have 2 more chapters. It took me more than a month to get through Proverbs because I missed a few days, but I can’t begin to express how vital to my life the wisdom in Proverbs has been to me over the last 2 months. Reading through Proverbs and receiving wisdom, correction, advice, and reminders were crucial to living an overcoming life.
In the beginning it was a struggle to wake up earlier than usual to sit with the Lamb and write this devotional. This past week it was my joy to get up while it’s still dark and everyone’s asleep to spend time with Jesus and align my heart with the Father. Once I’m done with Proverbs, I will transition to finishing my book, but I definitely will be keeping this routine of waking up early and sitting with the Lamb. It has had a huge impact in the quality of my life.
As usual, there were many rich verses in this chapter, especially for leaders, but I did choose one to set my heart on. I’m going to share 3 different translations.
When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.Proverbs 29:18 (TPT)
When there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.Proverbs 29:18 (NASB)
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
I shared all 3 translations because I have heard this verse before, so when I read it in the passion at first, I went to go check in the Bible closest to me which was NLT. However, that wasn’t the translation I was accustomed to hearing either, so I picked up my NASB. Then I looked it up in King James and wa-la. There it was. While there are many critics of the many translations, I appreciate it. Reading verses in multiple translations, at times, helps me understand the fullness of a passage. At work, it’s one of my skillsets. I call myself the translator. Not just of language, but of process and information. Experts tend to speak the language of their trade and I have a unique ability to understand an expert and translate to a layman person. To me, translations do that. They offer different languages, even if all in English, to help the reader understand the intention and heart of the “expert.”
In this verse, it is made clear to me the importance of having vision – an ultimate goal. It’s important to know where we are headed because if we don’t, it’s very likely we will wander or run wild. Without vision we are left flapping in the wind letting life take us wherever it wants. We become victims to circumstance. Vision is what gives us the reigns so that we can navigate where we are headed, instead of being victims of circumstance and situations.
Proverbs, however, is not talking about just any vision. It’s talking about a vision that is inline with the heart of God. The Law/Torah was fully active during that time, so Solomon clarifies that those who live by (the law) of God are happy. Today, when our vision and our life is inline with the law of Love, Jesus Christ, we are happy.
Jesus is calling us to seek Him, to draw close, and to know Him so that we can align our vision with the vision of the Father. It is in His purpose that we will live a life of abundance filled with love, peace, and joy. Knowing, understanding, and living in His purposes will bring us fulfillment.
I am extremely thankful that I am at a point in my life where I know the purpose for my life. I’m sure I don’t have the full picture, but I have an idea. To be honest, having that vision for my life has helped me overcome the last several months.
If you aren’t there yet and don’t know what your purpose in God is, do not worry. We all have a purpose in common. Actually, it’s the ultimate purpose for our lives. Don’t focus or stress about what you were put on this Earth to do because I’m going to share with you what that is and after today you can’t say that you don’t know what your purpose is. Our Purpose: To be loved by God and to love Him. God’s desire is to have a relationship with us, with you. He wants to live life with you. He longs to be a part of every aspect of your life.
I know that some of you aren’t satisfied with that answer/purpose, but I encourage you to embrace it. In seeking a purpose, what many of us are really saying is that we want to know what our ministry is. However, ministry is only a fruit. Our ministries are simply a result of our relationship with God. While that may not be the case for some, that is what how God designed it.
Your satisfaction comes from God alone. To expect our contentment and satisfaction to come from our purpose/ministry/calling is desiring to have a “circumstance” to bring us what only God can offer. Think about this. If your joy would come from a calling or ministry, what would happen if it were gone. Would you lose your sense of purpose in life? I know quite a few that would.
That’s why we must find our identity in God alone. You are God’s child. He longs to have a relationship with you. You are the bride of Christ. He wants to have a relationship with you. I know you may not know me, but I’m asking you to trust me. Your purpose is to be loved by God and to love Him. It’s to have a relationship with Him. Once that happens, everything else will come forth. You will bear fruit and suddenly you will realize how God wants to partner with you to accomplish His will on this Earth.