Devo If I had only listened
Proverbs 1:20-33 New International Version (NIV)
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
I have you ever wished that you followed your parent’s advice? They warned you and now you are in a life changing disaster. Maybe you got pregnant, married the wrong person, killed somebody, hurt somebody, or just plan messed up your life and others.
Wisdom calls to us from all that God has created. Romans says just by the very nature of things we know God exists. She is more precious than rubies. She will guide you in paths of righteousness and blessing. Knowing wisdom is there and possessing it is two different things. Wisdom may cry out to you but to enjoy the fruits of wisdom we must obey her. We only possess her when we obey her. The simple walk in the simple ways of this world. Sin makes you stupid and blinds to wisdom. Rebellion is like the sin of divination. The simple run after divination because they are to lazy to seek wisdom for themselves and fall into disaster. They are motivated by their natural senses instead of the Spirit of God. You are made in His image so are without excuse. God says if you only repent, He will make His ways known to you. He will pour His Spirit into your hearts. He will heal your world. Just humble yourself and stop mocking God. Those who hardenl their hearts to God he will bring ruin on their lives and turn a deaf ear to their cries. He will laugh at you because you turned your back to His advice. You will eat of the produce of your own ways because of your complacency of your ways. It will bring destruction on you, but the righteous and those who listen to God’s rebuke will not live in fear of tomorrow. They will live in peace and safety. Listen to your father’s rebuke and your mother’s warnings for it is the wisdom of God. His grace given to you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane