In previous devotionals we have discussed the importance of embracing wisdom from the Word of God. So, exactly what happens if you decide you’re just not having her? You may find Wisdom having her way with you. The latter part of Proverbs chapter 1 explains in brutally blunt detail. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 1: 20-21, 24-31 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets; 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words, saying….24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded, 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would have none of my reproof, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; 29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. 30 They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
In this part of the scriptures, wisdom is personified as a woman, and the inspired Word of God tells us that she makes herself known. There is no doubt that we know this to be true. As believers, we all have Bibles. There is no excuse for us to not crack them open and read what the Lord has to say. We go to church. There is no excuse for not listening, and wisdom proceeds to tell us what happens when we decide that we are too good for her. Those so busy running from her will inevitably run into trouble, fear, and destruction, and she will say, “I told you so.” Furthermore, she says in modern words, “Don’t bother calling me afterwards, because you can’t take back your bad decisions. You’re going to have to duke this one out, and eat the consequences.” Yes, Jesus forgives, but that does not necessarily mean that people do not have to suffer the consequences of their actions. For example, if a couple has sex out of wedlock, and a pregnancy results, God won’t hesitate to forgive you if you seek His forgiveness. On the flip side, it is kind of late to want to remember what the pastor said in church. The desire to listen now cannot undo the consequences of the wrong done. There is hope, however. There is such a thing as learning a lesson. When one gets him or herself out of one mess, hopefully he or she learns to heed the Word of the Lord in order to prevent being in the same fix and even others. Have a blessed day!
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