An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Belt Buckle Protects Your Head

(Pro 29:18 KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Modern Americans tend to think that being “unrestrained” (perish KJV) (6544a) is a good thing.  They would think of it as a synonym of liberty.  That reflects a willing misunderstanding of what liberty is.  Dennis Prager makes a presentation on the difference between freedom and liberty.  It has been a long time since I have heard it but one of the things he points out is that our coins have the word “liberty” and not “freedom”.  The difference is this idea of being restrained.  To use a definition applied in other areas, my liberty stops when it treads on your liberty.

In a world based on Biblical values and principles, liberty has limits.  It is restrained.  Because of that we are saved from the terror of driving off cliffs and the horror of sexually transmitted disease.  Because we accept the limits that God has put on living we are able to live life to its fullest.  That is fullest joy and sense of purpose, not fullest suffering and despair.

So?  Yes, there are restraints.  Like the rail on the edge of Suicide Point they are there to keep you from self destruction.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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