Pr. 29:18: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.”
Have you ever been in a class room when the teacher leaves? The teacher asks the kids to sit quietly while he or she slips out, but the moment the teacher leaves the door, the kids go crazy. Without someone governing them, they talk, get out of their seats, write on the board, play with things they’re not usually allowed to touch, fight, throw things, and more. It can be pure chaos. When the teacher walks back in, everyone sits back down and tries to act subdued. The teacher brings the “vision” of the classroom back through the door.
That’s a funny example that makes me chuckle a bit. What’s not as funny is the reality of this same scenario when it comes to life not guided by God’s vision. Without God’s vision guiding our thoughts and decisions, we cast of restraint and do whatever feels right at the moment, or even what others say is right. God’s vision is cast clearly in His Word and He has given us guidelines by which we can live that are set in place to protect us and keep us from suffering the consequences of bad decisions.
The Lord created us out of the love in His heart and He desires fellowship with us. He did not create “rules” to hold us under His thumb and make us miserable. He placed His vision before us to bring us into salvation and to guide us to bring others with us. He clearly displayed His love for us on the cross, so that we understand what is most important in this life. If it was important enough for God to send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, then it is important enough for us to base our life on that sacrifice.
As I was reminded last night at VBS, Jesus performed miracles on this earth that weren’t always about healing or exorcism. The Lord wants us to have life more abundantly, as evidenced in the feeding of the 5,000, the turning of water to wine, and the complete deliverance of the woman at the well. The Lord loves us. Our obedience to His Word isn’t about domination. It is about us being obedient because of our love and respect for Him. The result of us being obedient to the very things that protect us, is that we will then be happy.
Satan tries to distract us and get our eyes off God’s vision, promising freedom in the flesh, but Satan is a liar! The flesh is never satisfied. We can feed it for 60 years, and it will always want more. God; on the other hand, God satisfies completely. He fills us and then fills us again. He continues to give more and more, as we hunger and thirst for Him.
When we get in line with the revelation of the Lord, and live a life that proves it, we will be truly free. What sin actually brings is the bondage of guilt, shame, fear, brokenness, destroyed relationships, and consequences. The Spirit of the Lord brings true freedom. He gives us freedom and releases all bonds through mercy, grace, forgiveness, peace, and joy. God already sent Jesus to set us free. The proof of His love and His liberty was on the cross. He cares for us and gave us access to His vision. Let’s restrain ourselves within its bounds and experience true happiness.
Remember the cross,