We’re hearing a great deal about law and order in our nation today. A land without laws is a place of lawlessness and anarchy. While that may seem desirable to every young radical who despises institutional authority, it ultimately leads to further oppression and subservience. (Prov 12:24) The devil is a liar who has mastered his craft for thousands of years. Perhaps his single biggest lie is that true freedom is found in rebellion and a complete subjection to the will of the individual. Do what you want, when you want, how you want. Happiness is the end goal, and it can only be achieved by means of serving self is what he says. If your happiness is the central focus of your life, you’ll certainly arrive at that destination, right? Wrong. What we see through Scripture is that true happiness is found only by obeying God and keeping…..His law.
Proverbs 29:18a is often used out of it’s wider context, much like Philippians 4:13. “Where there is no vision the people perish,” is streamed across the front of a church auditorium or used as the church theme for a new year. It is seen as the rubber stamp approval by God for all our plans, ambitions, and wishes. But in the greater context of Scripture, it’s deeply connected to the reality that God desires for His people to, “do according to all that is written therein;” to heed the wisdom and instruction that comes from the Most High. Instead of aspiring for greater zeal to do what we deem is important, we should gleam our “vision” of what God wants for us in the pages of Scripture and obey it. This, according to the latter portion of the verse, is where true happiness dwells. Not in the lawlessness, rebellion, and anarchy where Satan supposedly promises true happiness can be found. As much as the correcting of children delights the heart of an earthly father, so too the instruction and correction that we receive from the hand of our Heavenly Father brings delight to Him, and us.