“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.” Proverbs 1:24-27 (KJV)
For the month of March I will be endeavoring to do a short study from the Wisdom book of Proverbs.
In the above verses the message begins from Wisdom in verse 20. So Wisdom is personified by Solomon here and in chapters 8 and 9. We will get to those later. For the study today we focus on 1:24-27.
Wisdom will not be ignored. When we speak of Wisdom we speak of God’s Wisdom. Compare godly wisdom to the wisdom of men…
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:13-18
Since this wisdom is godly wisdom it comes from none other source than the heart of God Himself. It comes from His Word, His promises, His power, His Spirit, and His works – His works that He does even, maybe especially, in His people; as His people yield to His wisdom.
When the child of God chooses his/her own way rather than God’s way and wisdom we end up showing our bitterness, envy, anger, strife, and we start disbelieving the word of God; until God gets ahold of us, and sets us right. It is not a pleasant thing for the child of God for Him to get ahold of us (Hebrews 12:6-8).
When we are not right with God; walking with Him in His Spirit, then, there will be great fear with no peace to face it.
Those who reject God, His wisdom, and His grace will one day find themselves being laughed at and mocked because your own wisdom fails you; and your calamity will be an eternal one.
O turn to the One who is All Wise, believe His promises, and trust His grace and mercy that He has given mankind by that God-Man Jesus the Christ who died on the cross for our sins, was buried and He rose again; believing He is the Son of God; God the Son. That is where Wisdom begins.