"The effect of every vision"

"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?" Thus we read in the twelfth chapter of the book of Ezekiel; and who that has ever wrestled with a slow healing has not been tempted to echo the false proverb? Many of us have known times when the days of waiting for healing have indeed seemed to be prolonged and the highest vision unavailing; and it is to such discouraged ones as these that the great promise contained in the twenty-third verse of this chapter may come with an entirely new significance: "Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision."

The world as a whole has not been prone to set much store upon vision. The word, indeed, has come to have a somewhat derogatory meaning, implying something impractical or very far removed from daily experience. Even the great body of the Christian church to-day has come to look askance upon it, and to the common-sense man in the street the word is simply a synonym for fantasy and dreams.

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