"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law" (Proverbs 29:18).
One of the greatest tools that we have in this country that we so easily take for granted, is our ability to get information. In a matter of seconds you can find out just about anything you want by turning on the tv, googleing, tweeting, or sending out quick messages over facebook, myspace, or text. If you want to know something, you can find out.
The people in the Old Testament depended upon the prophets of God in order to hear a word from God. Through dreams and visions, God would speak to the prophets, and they they would relay the message or instruction to the people. Without this revelation, they were more apt to casting off moral restraint, exposing the nakedness of their sinfulness, leading them to death. But those who would listen and apply the words of truth would live lives that were truly blessed.
What a responsibility the prophets had. They realized that people needed to hear from the LORD, and so they had to be passionate in pursuit of being in His presence to receive that word. There were people depending on them to do so. There are people that are depending on you and I, people that we may not even know yet, that are depending up us to be who God has called us to be. We must be in the presence of God, seeking His face.
Something that God has really been showing me in this verse particularly, is the importance of staying close to Jesus, staying open to His revelation, and being quick to share that revelation.
How has your closeness with Jesus been lately? Have you been seeking Him for that life-changing Word? Not just for "church-work," but for "soul-work." Do you realize how desperate you are for that Word from the Lord...just one Word from the Lord. In that Word is life, healing, change, restoration, and so much more. Blessed is the one who keeps this truth, who holds on to it, protects, and lives it out. I want to be that one.