Where there is no revelation,
the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
Does the world seem to have lost its mind? Does our nation seem to be spiraling out of control? Does hate seem to be spewed from every corner of humanity? Does it seem like at any minute life as we know is about to be destroyed?
If you answered yes to these questions you are probably watching or reading to much news. That said, There is an increase in hate being publicly spewed. People seem to be more willing to say and do things that a decade ago would not have be tolerated.
The source is a lack of revelation in peoples lives. I don’t mean a lack of a new word from God. I mean people don’t have the current word, what God has already revealed. In Proverbs 29:18 revelation and law are being used as synonyms for God’s word.
People who don’t have His word cast off restraint. It is the anything goes mentality. Where as those with His word are happy. That doesn’t mean having a copy of the Bible sitting on a shelf in your home makes you happy. They have the Father’s word in their hearts through the love Jesus by the power the Holy Spirit. And when you have that you can be happy.
Notice too that the verse is structure in a way that there is an inferred contrast. Those without revelation are not truly happy and those with the law have restraint.
The revelation of God is still in many peoples lives. I would venture to say that most people still have some of the revelation buried in them even though they don’t follow Jesus currently just because of how extensive the church has been in this nation. But as the generations progress the ensuing will be further from the revelation and restraint. Which is a further incentive to pray for revival. Revival would draw more to the revelation, increase personal restraint, and lead to a happier populace. (And give the News less negativity to talk about.)