“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law”.
Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)
We live in a time when precious little restraint is exercised in the world, and most Church folk are not exempt from this self centeredness either. There is much wisdom in this verse in Proverbs, it speaks volumes to us about the cause of our troubles, and, at the same time, gives us the solution. The key is in the Hebrew word chazown, (translated in most versions as revelation or vision), and its root word chazah, which means to see or contemplate (with pleasure). Now this verse can be properly understood as saying, where there is no perception or contemplation (with pleasure) of God’s revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law. In other words, when we pay no heed to God’s revelation, when we are not joyfully obedient to what He says, then we are likely to cast off all restraint and go our own way into unhappiness (Judges 21:25). This Proverb speaks to a multitude of problems in our Churches. Church folk stop maturing spiritually when they are not listening for and to God; Church programs falter when their leaders are not joyfully obedient to, or fail to listen for God’s revelation. Financial responsibility also crumbles when members are not listening to God’s leading, we become arrogant and self centered with little regard for God or the programs that He would have us support. The solution is found in the first sentence of 2 Chronicles 7:14, humility. Humility before God is the key to contemplating with pleasure God’s divine revelation, and according to this Proverb, the key to happiness.
“I can almost hear the Trumpet”