Isaiah 22:1 – The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
You would think the best view is from the mountain top, but that isn’t always the case. Isaiah saw a vision down in the valley of judgment, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. We sometimes get in these valleys ourselves. It is there we need a vision from the Lord.
The difficulty of the valley necessitates a vision. The trials, tests, tribulations, and troubles will only spell destruction without a vision. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18). A vision brings hope and help. John’s heavenly vision on the isle of Patmos has encouraged saints through the ages who grow tired and weary walking through the valleys of this earth.
There are critical decisions to be made in the valleys of life for which we need a vision. Life doesn’t stop just because we are going trough a valley. We need a vision to help us see through the fog so we can make the right choices during desperate times.
We also need directions in the valleys of life. A biblical vision defines our purpose and authority for those choices and brings clarity and eventually culmination so we can make it out of the valley safely. It helps us see the big picture. Soon after the completion of Disney World, someone said, “Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?” Mike Vance, the creative director said, “He did see it – that’s why it’s here!”
We must keep our vision on the Lord (Heb. 12:1-2), and stay faithful until the vision is fulfilled. We must not live on someone else’s vision, and should never let the fire of our vision die down (Lev. 6:13). When Helen Keller, the phenomenal lady who was both deaf and blind, was asked, “What would be worse that being born blind?” she replied, “To have sight without vision.” Do you have a vision! It is a must in the valleys of life!