27 Dec Day 96: Standing on the Promises – Proverbs 29:18, by Lynden Spicer
“Where there is no revelation, (prophetic vision) the people cast off restraint.”
In Proverbs 29:18, the wise man is trying to communicate to his audience that without prophetic revelation or prophetic vision, without spirit-breathed life-giving words from the Lord, people lose restraint and abandon God’s law. In other words, they die spiritually.
The wise man knew the importance of prophecy; that is, the prophet calling people into a faithful relationship with God. He knew the importance of revealing God’s will and ways to the people and the importance of calling people to be obedient to God’s word.
The word of the wise man reminded the people of the darkest time in the history of Israel when prophetic visions were not widespread: “In those days [the days of Samuel] the word of the LORD was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.” (1 Samuel 3:1)
But what about today? How relevant is prophetic vision and prophetic revelation?
Do we need to hear from the prophets?
Do we need to hear the word of the Lord?
I say, “Yes, yes!”
In Acts 2:17–18 we are reminded that God still speaks in these ways! But are we listening?
I believe that God wants us to take this verse to heart, both personally as the people of God and corporately as The Salvation Army.
If we do not give time to hear the word of the Lord, if we do not take the time to listen to and wait for His prophetic vision, or to wait for wisdom and revelation, life-giving, life-transforming words, we will die spiritually.
- Today, determine in your heart to listen for God’s word for you. Be open to receiving prophetic visions, revelations and dreams. Know that He desires to speak with you.
- Pray for The Salvation Army in Australia as we move toward one united Territory. Pray that our leaders will be men and women of God who listen to the prophets and who seek God’s prophetic vision and revelation for The Salvation Army.
- Pray that we may all have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to The Salvation Army.
Lord Jesus, thank You that You desire to speak to Your people. Thank You that Your words are life-giving, powerful and life-changing. Help me to listen for Your voice as I read Your word, as I wait for Your Spirit to speak. Speak now Lord, for Your servant is listening.
Lynden Spicer is a Corps Officer at Liverpool Corps, south-west Sydney. He loves being where God’s presence is and seeing people’s lives transformed. He is married with five children and two grandchildren. Lynden’s life verse is John 10:10.