The Consequences Against Turning Away From Wisdom
Wisdom and Folly each want to control our lives, and we must make the choice.
“When they cry for help, I will not answer.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
Proverbs 1:28 (NLT)
There are numerous scriptures that say the Lord will hear our cries (Psalms 145:19) and be found when we seek Him (Matthew 7:7-8 and Jeremiah 29:13). But this verse and others show that is a limited-time offer. Genesis 6:3 says the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man. He is long-suffering but not forever suffering. We can’t come to the Lord whenever we feel like it. No one comes to Jesus except the Father draws him (John 6:44). If the Father quits drawing us after our continual rejection of Him, we are doomed.
If we continually reject the wooing of God’s Spirit, we have no guarantee that He will continue to draw us. In fact, this verse and others show there comes a time when He will reject our calls for His help. Now is the accepted time; today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). We need to respond now while the Spirit of the Lord is drawing us.
“Because you hated Knowledge
and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-GOD,
Because you wouldn’t take my advice
and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Well, you’ve made your bed—now lie in it;
you wanted your own way—now, how do you like it?
Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?
Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
First pay attention to me, and then relax.
Now you can take it easy—you’re in good hands.”
Proverbs 1:29-33 (MSG)
Notice this isn’t speaking of these people just neglecting knowledge; they hated it. This is describing someone who willfully rejected all of God’s conviction. This doesn’t happen accidentally. This is total rejection of God that can lead to God totally rejecting them (2 Timothy 2:12).
Those who have made Jesus their Lord and Savior don’t have to worry about this. The Lord has sworn that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But those outside of God’s covenant had better run into it as quickly as they can. There is no guarantee that the Lord will extend His mercy to them forever.
The consequence of rejecting God’s counsel is the pain of reaping the consequences of the rebellion you have sown. Those folks who will not accept or reject God’s counsel, and despise, spurn, or hate the Lord’s correction, will eat of the fruit of their own way. What they prepare, or the scheme they cook up, will be the dish they will have to swallow. They will be filled or stuffed with the consequences of their actions. Sometimes getting your own way is not what it’s cracked up to be. It can be a miserable experience leaving you asking,
“What was I thinking?”
We always reap in greater amounts what we sow. Notice what Hosea said.
Hosea 8:7a—For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:
What happens when a person rejects good counsel and follows wicked advice?
- Discouragement, Distress, and Discontent
- Deriving or reaping what is Sown
- Destitution, Deprivation, Dishonor or Disgrace
When that judgment arrives, sinners will call upon the Lord but it will be too late. “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isa. 55:6). Sinners will reap what they have sown. “Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes.” They turned away their ears from hearing the truth and were complacently comfortable with believing lies. In contrast to the judgment promised to unbelievers, wisdom promises security and peace to those who will listen to her and believe.
Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, and if you ignore Him, you’ll be destroyed eternally, for those who have Him have life and those who don’t believe on Him will suffer the wrath of God. Despising the Word of God leads to failure and ruin.
THE WALK OF FAITH
Learning to walk in the fear of the Lord is learning to live in awe and reverence of God. It is foundational to our walk of faith. God is loving and full of grace and mercy; but He is also all-powerful, awesome, holy, righteous, and sovereign over all things. Walking in the fear of the Lord will bring great blessing to your life.
Seek wisdom, instruction, and knowledge. Choose the fear of the Lord; it is the beginning point for all of these.