“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Pro. 29:18) One translation states, the people ‘run wild.’ Interesting the word for perish/run wild, is the same word used to describe the scene when Moses came down off the Mt and the folks ‘ran wild’ around the golden calf. (Ex. 32:25) They had no ‘vision’ or revelation of God, no guidance, they depended on Moses to provide that. Since he was gone, ‘CHAOS!’ Not to mention, ALOT of trouble was gotten into! It is the same with us, we NEED to gain a revelation of God for ourselves. In the gaining, we ‘keepeth’, we guard and protect it!
Solomon continuing in wisdom, he shares, “Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not.” – Proverbs 8:33 Refuse (same word, ‘run wild’) conveying we may hear, but we let it slip through our fingers. Picture this, we approach God, He places His teaching, the God stuff in our hands, yet we don’t hold it tight enough! We ALLOW it to fall through our fingers, this is not a hap-hazard ‘OOPS!’ It is deliberate. The concept of ‘hear’ in ancient day is so dramatically different than today. ‘Hear’ to them meant, ‘DO!’ In this case, DO HOLD ON TO IT! DO what He says!
Proverbs 8 continues with, “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me – finds life and receives favor from the LORD.” (vs. 34-35) As God puts Himself, His stuff in front of us, in our hands, may our grasp be tight. May WE watch and wait and hear God on our own, so that we may avoid chaotic running wild and basically avoid ALOT of trouble! What first comes to mind for this quite imaginative gal, R-U-N-N-I-N-G with the bulls! Dangerous, unpurposeful and STUPID!
Listening, watching and waiting. Guarding, protecting and DOING! “Happy is he/she.” (In Jesus name!)
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)