Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
I have heard many sermons and read many things about the first part of this verse, and for good reason. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” We need to have a vision for people, for righteousness, and for our Lord. But I want to look at the second half of the verse.
“…he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
When it comes to “the law,” we basically have the Ten Commandments. There are quite a few people out there who think that, in giving a list of ten “commandments,” God is somehow punishing those would try to follow them and obey them. There are those who think that adhering (or trying to adhere) to these commandments will put a damper on their fun and will reduce their enjoyment of life. But nothing could be further from the truth!
Far from keeping us from enjoying life, obeying the Lord will increase our enjoyment of life. This verse tells us that “he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Think about the ten commandments. Think about how happy we would be if we obeyed them. Of course, no one is perfect and no one has perfectly kept all of the commandments, as the Jesus pointed out in the New Testament. But think how happy we would be if we would have no other gods before the Lord. Think about how nice our lives would be if we didn’t commit murder (or go around hating our brother- I John 3:15). Think about how content we could be if we truly followed the 10th commandment: Thou shalt not covet. If we didn’t covet our neighbor’s possessions, we could live happily content with what we have.
None of the commandments are evil. None of them are given to us to hurt us or keep us from happiness. On the contrary, if we will obey the Lord and follow Him, as this Proverb says, we will be happy.