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2013
Steve Marr

King Solomon’s Wisdom to Avoid Calamity

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King Solomon was wise, when he speaks, we should listen. Proverbs 1:22-32 (NLT) gives us insight we can apply to avoid disaster.

Proverbs 1:22 "You simpletons!" she cries. "How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts? Solomon points out many will fight the clear facts, and will mock rather then respect God’s word.

Proverbs 1:23 “Come here and listen to me! I'll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.” This is an invitation to draw near to the Lord, ask for His wisdom and a promise the Lord will pour out His knowledge on all who call upon Him.  

Proverbs 1:24 "I called you so often, but you didn't come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.” How often does the Lord call? How often do we, or others ignore that call?  

Proverbs 1:25 “You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.” God sets out the roadmap for us in His word, and in the prompting of the Holy Sprit. How often do we, or others ignore?  

Proverbs 1:26 “So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you” When we have ignored God’s word and precepts, and we land in trouble, as we will, the Lord allows us to stew in our own juices. If we receive laughter from the Lord during a disaster, is that God’s fault, or ours?

Proverbs 1:27 “When calamity overcomes you like a storm, when you are engulfed by trouble, and when anguish and distress overwhelm you.” The calamity is a promise, not just a possibility. If we are overwhelmed, who is at fault?   

Proverbs 1:28 "I will not answer when they cry for help. Even though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.” Why is the cry for help not answered? Why will people not find the Lords help during a disaster? If a person had been obedient, had sought the Lords wisdom, then the Lord would hear, and then act to deliver.  

Proverbs 1:29 “For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.” We each have a choice, to fear the Lord, and then become His child, or not. When we hate true knowledge, we choose not to follow God. The Lord’s help is total because we have failed to choose the path of God.  

Proverbs 1:30 “They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them.” The Lord offers correction, we continually have an opportunity to stand corrected, to repent, embrace God’s wisdom, or not.  

Proverbs 1:31 “That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way. They must experience the full terror of the path they have chosen.” The reality is when we go our own way, reject the Lords teaching, reject His holiness, then the result is the full consequences of our sin. These consequences are more then we can bear. The pain is a direct result of our disobedience.    

Proverbs 1:32 “For they are simpletons who turn away from me -- to death. They are fools, and their own complacency will destroy them.”

 CEN Application:

  1. What steps can CEN take to raise awareness of the need to embrace Gods message?
  2. What steps can CEN take to those in the path of calamity?
  3. What steps can CEN take to fight complacency in Proverbs 1:32?  

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