Through the Bible in One Year

Day 5

Proverbs 1:24-28

Yesterday we learned that Godly wisdom is readily available to those who will tune themselves into it.  And today we see some of the consequences of ignoring Godly wisdom.  Verses 24-25 say this, “Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention, since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction.”  For you see God had graciously “extended” his hand to us and most of us in some way shape or form reject God’s extended hand.  We reject his wisdom and counsel and try to go about things our own.  And some of us even take this a step further and reject God’s attempts to redirect our lives back towards God.  Which is the group of people that wisdom is speaking to for the rest of today’s passage.

Verses 26-27 say, “I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity.  I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.”  A calamity is the sudden onset of severe destruction and terror is intense fear that causes uncontrollable trembling.  Wisdom rejoices that through calamity the world is set right—the wicked are punished and the righteous are rewarded.  For you see those who have rejected God have much to fear from calamities, storms, whirlwinds and everything else that causes terror.  Whereas those who have not rejected God have nothing to fear from those things that cause fear and trembling in those who have rejected God.

And now we to the whole point of wisdom’s plea up to this point, which is summed up in verse 28.  “Then they will call on me, but I won’t answer, they will search for me, but won’t find me.”  Since the inexperienced have hated knowledge, and ignored wisdom’s warnings when redemption was offered, wisdom will ignore their cries during the judgment.  The Hebrew word used her for “search” implies eager seeking under stress.  God patiently permits himself to be found, but he does not respond to insincere seekers, and eventually it will become too late.  Which means you have a choice to make today and it is very simple.  You can either choose to seek God and his wisdom or you can choose to go your own way and suffer consequences, but remember God knows your heart.

Tomorrow’s Bible Reading:

Genesis 13:5-15:21, Matthew 5:27-48, Psalm 6:1-10 and Proverbs 1:29-33

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