King Solomon was the one who coined the phrase “Where there is no vision, the people perish” but then in the same proverb he goes on to say “but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18) It’s interesting when you look at this verse because the first half of the verse where it says, “where there is no vision the people perish” comes over as very uplifting and very colourful and has a kind of an inspiration to it and can even read as being deep and some might even use the word “mystical.” But then the next half of the verse tends to bring us all down to earth with a kind of a bump because he then says, “he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” So you then find yourself thinking, “oh, you have to keep a bunch of rules and laws, talk about hit someone over the head with the ten commandments! That kinda smashes my vision rather than gives me one because after all, having a vision sounds more like walking on air whereas keeping laws sounds too much like having my feet on the ground, so did I miss something here, should my vision me mainly the law and the ten commandments or is there something more to the law and the ten commandments that has a more uplifting ring to it?”
Well, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34,35) So yes, when you compare the words of Jesus and His vision of love with the cold stone vision of the ten commandments then you’d have to say that there is a difference here in that love is more inspirational and you picture in your imagination, a person attached to that love (Jesus) and other people attached to that love and so now you really do get the vision for love because you picture the lover of all lovers (Jesus) and everyone loving everyone. I’m sure Solomon must have meant this too, though he didn’t quite put it this way. Solomon was definitely a man of vision and he was also what you might call a king that had a vision because in the “…night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee” (2 Chronicles 1:7) and Solomon’s answer to that was, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
So in short, Solomon was asking for wisdom and so we read on that wisdom and knowledge was granted unto him so from then onwards Solomon’s vision for his people and for himself was to be a wise king and Solomon here turned out to be one of the greatest kings that the children of Israel ever had because he ruled with wisdom and some people say, and it’s true, that total wisdom is total love. Jesus proved this to be true because He was love and still is and speaking of Himself He said that a greater than King Solomon has come. So Solomon spoke of wisdom and Jesus spoke of “wisdom and love” and so you could in effect say that King Solomon is saying, “….but he that keepeth the law (of love), happy is he.”
It would have been Jesus that appeared to Solomon in the night and all the wisdom that Solomon had was coming from Jesus so King Solomon’s vision for his people was Jesus, it can’t be emphasised enough, it’s always been Jesus, throughout the whole bible, it’s always been Jesus, it’s always been love! And finally Jesus Himself had to come to spell this out with His whole life, He lived in love and taught only love and showed only love and finally He died for love so our greatest vision should be love and to love one another as He loved us and still loves us to this day because it’s in His presence that we find fullness of love and fullness of joy and it’s at His right hand that there are pleasures forever more but above all of these pleasures is always… love, love, all you need is love, love is all you need!