Portraits from Proverbs (03)


In yesterday’s study, we learned that wisdom is eagerly seeking us. What exciting news! Today’s text contains a stern warning – it’s dangerous to ignore wisdom’s invitation. We continue our look at wisdom personified today with a look at wisdom’s warning.

Bible Reading

Pro 1:24-33 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 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 cometh 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) For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: (30) They would 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. (32) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Wisdom’s Warning

As you can see from today’s reading, there is grave danger in ignoring wisdom’s invitation. Refusing to turn at wisdom’s reproof can lead to calamity. Fear, desolation, destruction, distress and anguish await the person who rejects wisdom. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?

But it gets worse. When disaster hits your life, you’ll be crying out for wisdom, but this time it will be wisdom’s turn not to R.S.V.P. Instead, you’ll be left to eat the fruit of your own way. Wisdom will laugh at you.

You may think this is cruel – that God is being mean. The truth is, though, that rejecting wisdom can put you in circumstances where there is no good answer. If God warns you that wine can make a fool of you (Pro. 20:1), but you ignore His warning, get drunk, get behind the wheel and kill someone, how do you fix that? There isn’t a good answer at that point. If God warns you to avoid the flattery and beauty of the strange woman (Pro. 6:25), but you think you’re above that kind of sin, what good answer is there when you lose you family, or end up with A.I.D.S.? All you’ll hear then is wisdom’s mocking voice saying, “I told you so.”

What About You?

  • Do you realize the danger of ignoring wisdom’s invitation?
  • Have you already experienced the pain of consequences without a cure?

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