Life governed by revelation
By Ivan Ho 6 Aug 2016
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
Proverbs 29:18 NKJV
Where there is no revelation
A person who does not have revelation from above has no God given purpose, no priorities, no plans, no principles and therefore no restraint. People without heavenly vision tend to conduct their lives just like anyone in the world. They are not guided by God given purposes and have no sense of destiny. Instead, they are led by circumstances and by the people and happenings around them on the earthly level. A person without vision is easily led astray for he has no focus, following his own senses and state of mind that is influenced by what happens on earth. When the devil throws a bait in front of him, he is gone.
Once a person casts off restraint, he becomes a law to himself. Whatever feels right, looks right, is right in his eyes. A person without heavenly vision may be a good person or a church goer, but unless he sees things from God‘s perspectives and is governed by vision from above, he tends to conduct his life that is no different to an unbeliever.
Where there is revelation
On the other hand, when vision from God comes to us, it brings purposeful living and government in our life.
Peter the apostle used to be a person without vision, even during the early part of his life immediately after he responded to the call to follow Jesus.
One day, the Spirit of God brought Peter the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16), a revelation that changed not only how he related to Jesus but also his entire perspective and focus in life. When Peter was young, he went wherever he wanted to go, but as he grew older, he was bound by heavenly vision and went to places that he didn‘t want to go in the flesh (John 21:18). He used to be guided by his feelings and instincts, but as he matured in Christ, his life was governed by the revelation he received from above. His life was no longer wayward but restrained by godly vision and purposes.
Revelation allows us to see things the way God sees it. Unless we can see where God is going, we cannot move in the same direction with God.