By J C Corcoran
“Through the fear of the Lord, a man avoids evil.” (Proverbs 16:6b)
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (Proverb s 29:18)
Do you see it? “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” What is restraint? My dictionary says: “to curb, check, or bridle”.
- To curb = implies a sudden sharp action to bring something under control
- To check = implies a slowing up of action/progress
- To bridle = suggests a holding in of an emotion
So, when it says, “The people cast off restraint”, it’s saying they’ve lost control of their emotions, their impulses, their reserve. Doesn’t that bring to mind the things we see happening today?
Drive-by shootings; wide-spread pornography; acceptance of homosexuality (they allow them to get married now); even some churches are having disputes over homosexuality (is it good or bad – sinful or not). Well, according to God’s Word it is sin!
Abortion is murder – not everyone agrees with that statement.
Pre-marital sex; immoral sex; when a man and a woman come together they “become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 & Matthew 19:5). A man and a woman; not a man with a man or a woman with a woman; the man and his wife.
But we have cast off restraint. We have lost control of our emotions; we are going off and doing our own thing. These things are evil in God’s eyes but we act as though we have no fear of God. We need a revelation.
What is a revelation? It is God’s disclosure or manifestation, to man, of Himself, and His will.
Like the Bible for instance:
- The Bible reveals God to man
- The Bible reveals God’s will to man
- The Bible reveals God’s love for man
- The Bible reveals God’s promises to the man who obeys God’s will
- The Bible reveals God’s wrath upon man for casting off restraint
There is a strong movement in this day and age to cast off all restraint. Somewhere down the line, man has lost his fear of God; man has lost the revelation and has cast off restraint. Where did it start? How did it start?
When I was growing up, I was taught (in school) to fear God. I learned all about Hell and the fiery lake. I was taught that if I did wrong, God would punish me.
My fear of God kept me from doing what was evil – in most cases. When the guys I hung around with decided to go out and steal a car, I stayed home. They made fun of me and called me chicken but, when they got caught and went to jail, I stayed home.
When I was around thirteen, an older girl in the neighborhood tried to entice me into having sex. I wanted to – I really wanted to – but, boy was I scared. I wasn’t sure why I was so scared but it kept me from going through with it. Now I know that “through fear of the Lord, a man avoids evil.”
It’s only “where there is no revelation the people cast of restraint.”
In our public schools today, there is no revelation and there is no restraint. There is no fear of God because there is no revelation of God. Our public school system is a breeding ground for evil. All you need do is pick up your local newspaper or tune in to the local news station to know it’s true.
And if parents aren’t teaching them at home, the revelations of God, they won’t hear it anywhere. And they will grow up to be parents and there will be no revelation in their homes. And it only takes a generation – then the word of God is lost – and the people cast off restraint. First Corinthians 10:6 tells us that the things of the Old Testament are for our example and in Deuteronomy 4:9 it says this: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
It is up to us, the believers, those who possess the revelation, and those who fear God, to spread the word to the unbelievers. I first heard the revelation of God in the front seat of a police car. The rookie I was training was a man who obeyed the word of God. And against all my arguments and poking fun of him, he made a disciple out of me. He shared the word, the revelation of God.
And my life hasn’t been the same since. I was a seminary student for two years. I preached the word of God to churches all around the state of Texas and at least one in Arizona. Then I began writing Christian literature and novels and, as you can see, at the ripe old age of 74, I am still writing. God be praised, I will write for God until the day I die if He so wills.
Teach the word; to anyone who will listen and to God be the glory.
Do I hear an amen?