Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”.

What is the difference between vision and sight? We are told in Scripture to walk by faith, not by sight, so does that mean we are to ignore the things we see? I don’t think Scripture is telling us to ignore what is right in front of us but rather keep our focus where it needs to be. In the above reference from Proverbs, we are told that if we keep the Torah, we are happy. The word for happy is also the same that would be translated as “blessed” in Psalms and would relate to the beatitudes Yeshua taught. 

If we keep our focus, our vision, on walking and living the Word that is being written on our hearts daily we will be blessed or happy. Again, in the Proverb above, we see that the word for “vision” in Hebrew is Chazon (chet, zayin, nun) which implies seeing what is not seen or seeing beyond what is seen. This is a little more difficult for us and does require a degree of faith. This is why we are told to follow the heart of the Father; i.e., His instructions. In those times when it is difficult to see what lies ahead of us, we walk in faith according to what we have already been given. 

Walking in line with the Word will increase our faith step by step and day by day. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of YHWH. This implies obedience because the word for hear is Shema, to hear with the intent of obedience. What we line ourselves up with daily will have an impact on our attitude and focus for what lies ahead. When we doubt what the road ahead will bring us, it is a good rule of thumb to let somebody else drive. Follow Yeshua and His word wholeheartedly and grow in trust. 

In the book of John chapter 8 verses 14-16, Yeshua said that He knows where He came from, He knows where He is going and He is not alone, the Father is with Him. All we need to do is learn to follow and trust the One who sees beyond what we can comprehend. 

Dr. David Jones

BYNA Elder


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