I Have A Dream


Given that today is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, many of you may be hearing excerpts from Dr. King's most famous speech on television or radio. Truly, Martin Luther King's dream, or vision, of racial harmony inspired him to a lifetime of ministry.

What about you? Do you have a vision? The Bible puts it this way: “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” (Proverbs 29:18). The word “vision” here is often translated as “revelation.” The New International Version translation says this: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint...” What it all boils down to, is that life can be dead and meaningless when there is no vision or revelation.

Think of Samson, who had such a high calling in his life to lead Israel, and deliver them from the hands of the Philistines. As he moved away from his calling, the Philistines captured him, blinded him, and put him in prison. While in prison he was given the task of grinding each day, which was basically the most menial kind of slave labor in those days. It can be said that when Samson lost his vision, his life became “the same old grind,” both literally and spiritually.

The idea of vision is so critical, according to the Bible. In Deuteronomy chapter 6, God tells us to place His words upon our hearts, and then tells us that His words are to be as “frontlets between our eyes.” The Orthodox Jews of today take small pieces of parchment with these verses written on them, put these papers in small boxes, and wrap the boxes around their foreheads. The devices are known as “phylacteries.” I believe that's an “ultra-literal” interpretation of what the Bible is really saying. Rather than wearing phylacteries, I believe God is simply telling us to always maintain our vision, keeping God and His Word constantly in front of us.

Where are you at? Are you more like David, who said “I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” or closer to Samson, who lost his vision? Here's a suggestion: if you feel that you're losing your vision, look at what is being prayed for in Ephesians 1:17: “that...God...may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Remember the simple words of Jesus: “Seek and ye shall find.” If your vision is dim, you can always seek to have it restored. Then you too, like Dr. Martin Luther King, will have that vision which will propel you past meaninglessness, and into a life filled with purpose.

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