18Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond. – Proverbs 29:18-19
In my (now officially 37) years on the planet, I have learned a few things. I still have plenty to learn to be sure, but I wanted to share one in particular today. It was spurred by a commentary I read recently. By nature we are prone to “go our own way” and do our own thing. In the book of Judges, the phrase “each man did what was right in his own eyes,” occurs so much that it sounds like a broken record. This same phenomenon is all to common in our world today; even in the lives of some who call themselves Christians. Living the Christian life isn’t merely about knowing the right things or memorizing the right words. Mere words do not serve to discipline a person as the proverb says. Jesus said to “teach them to observe all the things He has commanded” when He gave the Great Commission. Observe in this instance doesn’t mean to simply see or know but to do. Knowing the right thing is only the first step. If doing the right thing doesn’t come next; all of your “knowledge” is for naught.