King Solomon, the wisest person to ever live wrote: (Proverbs 20-33 NIV)
“Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[a] she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
First, the Lord grants wisdom, wisdom is available all over town.
Second, the Lord confronts, and rebukes. Why? To turn us around.
The Lord is always pouring out wisdom and sound teaching, we merely need to listen. We can refuse, but at what price if we disregard the Lord?
The Lord will, “I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;” (Proverbs 1:26)
The Lord knows some will only call upon the Lord when under distress. However, the Lord will not answer at that time because people have refused to listen and respond.
Perhaps on reason the Lord allows disaster is to drive people to Him. Some will simply refuse to seek God until forced to their knees by circumstances. This is not what the Lord would prefer, He would rather people embraced His word and holiness, rather then be forced by a disaster.
The Lord is saying the people, “would not accept my advice” (Proverbs 1:30). How often do we concisely or un-concisely refuse to take the Lords advice?
The bottom line: “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33)
1. How do we help others understand God’s warnings?
2. What steps do we take to insure we are listening to Gods advice?
3. How do we help people avoid disaster and lead them to God’s safety?