Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Proverbs 1:24-27: Wisdom shouted. Did you listen?

Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Proverbs 1:24-27 (NKJV)

Wisdom did all she could to get your attention—but Wisdom was ignored. 

Called: shouted 
Refused: be recusant (deny to submit one's self to an authority or follow a set of rules)
Stretched out: extend; of wisdom's appeal
Regarded: incline, attend, gave attention

Disdained: neglect, let alone
Counsel: advice
Would: be willing, consent
None: zero
Rebuke: chiding, correction

Now the result is—
Laugh: usually in contempt, derision
Calamity: distress, under which one bends, burden
Mock: deride, have in derision
Terror: dread, terrifying
Comes: arrives

Storm: devastating storm
Destruction: calamity, oppression
Whirlwind: storm-wind—that makes an end; of ruin
Distress: adversary, specifically of travail
Anguish: pressure, distress, troublous

Why do we think that after multiple opportunities to accept Wisdom, which we've ignored, that she would be willing to continue to hand around waiting for us to listen. There comes a point and time when Wisdom says, "You didn't listen, and now you find yourself in trouble. So be it." 

Listen. Hear. Take note of what lies ahead. And if you ignore Wisdom—you'll end up just where Wisdom said you would, in trouble. 

Hindsight is always 20/20. Looking back we see mistakes and wrong choices we made. Wisdom is doing all she can to help us make the right choices so that we don't have to learn the hard way! Wisdom knows all about right and wrong choices. If one just LISTENS and HEARS what Wisdom is saying, calamity, distress, and anguish can be avoided. 

To be able to hear and listen to Wisdom, a heart must first be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). For when one has a reverence for God, then the ears are open to hear what Wisdom has to say, and the desire to listen and obey is strongest. 

Wisdom shouted. Did you listen? If you ignored her, you will now hear her laughing as anguish comes upon you. 

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