Scripture Reading: Daniel 8:15-9:19 / 1 John 2:28-3:10 / Proverbs 29:10-18
We are familiar with the importance of the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and refer to it as Black Friday. People line up outside retail stores in the early morning hours to buy big sale items. It is the busiest shopping day of the year and the most chaotic as shopper’s battle for limited sale items.
We are not as familiar with Black Tuesday; the day, October 7, 1969, when the Montreal Canadian police force went on strike. It is called Black Tuesday because of the enormous amount of crime that resulted. A burglar and policemen were killed, 49 people were wounded or injured in rioting, and 9 bank holdups were committed along with 17 robberies at gunpoint.
Usually disciplined and peaceful citizens joined in the melee and went wild, smashing over 1,000 plate glass windows in a 21 business block of the city. They hauled away stereo units, radios, televisions and clothes. Looters stripped store windows bare and professional burglars made off with truckloads of goods. A well- dressed businessman was seen running down the street with a fur coat draped over each arm. With no police around to control crime, anarchy reigned!
Proverbs refers to another chaotic event, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (29:18) Some may be more familiar with the King James translation, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” This verse does not say that personal goals, vision, plans or purpose are needed in our lives to spare us from disaster or failure. Solomon is speaking about God’s revelation, not man's.
Like Black Tuesday, when man casts off God’s revelation, they will not prosper but perish. When man dismisses God’s Word, they reject His truth and choose to follow their own desires. Truth becomes relative, subjective and convenient. The result: every person will do what is right in their own eyes and will cast off God’s restraint. Where there is no revelation from God, people are undisciplined and out of control.
The world has a way of packaging and marketing dreams and desires that appeal to our inward yearnings. We must be alert to the enemy’s devices of deception and lies. Every word and plan, even those that are so inspiring and seem to be deeply “spiritual”, must be subject to God’s Word. It is not a time to set His Word aside, but embrace it and allow Him to speak powerfully in our lives.
God still speaks today and reveals Himself to man. God’s Word, written and prophetic, is needed in our lives today. When God’s Word directs our paths, when His Spirit satisfies our desires and His Truth governs our ways…we will be most highly blessed!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!