The Call Of Wisdom
Lady Wisdom: You simple, naive people, how long will you love your feeble ways?
You simpletons, how long will you enjoy making fun of what you don’t understand?
You fools, how long will you hate learning what truly matters?
Proverbs 1:22 (VOICE)
To whom does Wisdom speak?
To three classes of sinners:
- The simple ones,
- The scorners (simpletons),
- And the fools.
The simple are naive people who believe anything (Proverbs 14:15) but examine nothing. They’re gullible and easily led astray.
Scorners think they know everything (Prov. 21:24) and laugh at the things that are really important. While the simple one has a blank look on his face, the scorner wears a sneer.
Why does he do this?
One reason is the arrogant person tends to look down on other people. He tends to compare himself, his abilities, or his ideas with others and considers himself supreme. His cockiness creates a demeaning attitude toward other folks. The attitude of supremacy creates impatience with the faults that people have, or a sense of rivalry with anyone he views as a competitor. Impatience and rivalry are elements that ignite his anger and wrath for which he is not ashamed, but proud.
The proud man also uses his wrath or temper to intimidate or pressure people to conform to his will.
Fools are people who are ignorant of truth because they’re dull and stubborn. Their problem isn’t a low IQ or poor education; their problem is a lack of spiritual desire to seek and find God’s wisdom. Fools enjoy their foolishness but don’t know how foolish they are! The outlook of fools is purely materialistic and humanistic. They hate knowledge and have no interest in things eternal.
What does wisdom say to them?
First, she brings an indictment against them (Prov. 1:22) and asks how long they plan to remain in their dangerous spiritual condition. Wisdom has spoken to them time and time again, but they have refused to listen, and this will make their judgment even more severe.
Then Wisdom issues an invitation that they turn from their evil ways and receive her gifts.
Turn to me and receive my gentle correction;
Watch and I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will share with you my wise words in order to redirect your lives.
Proverbs 1:23 (VOICE)
This is a call to repentance and faith. She promises to change their hearts and teach them the wisdom of God from the Word of God.
Proverbs 1:23 gives a beautiful picture of divine wisdom pouring out its spirit in words of advice and comfort to us: “I will pour out my spirit on you; I will share with you my wise words in order to redirect your lives.” The verb naba, “pour out,” implies that wisdom’s spirit will gush forth and overflow in a mighty stream. This figurative description of wisdom anticipates the prophecies concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as well as the charismatic outpouring of words through which the Holy Spirit expresses Himself.
The Lord is ready and willing to help anyone turn his or her life around. We don’t have to plead with the Lord to intervene. It may seem like that at times, but that’s because the Lord reveals Himself to those who seek Him with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). The Lord knows whether or not we are repenting because we have been caught and want out of our mess, or if we are truly seeking Him with all of our hearts. When our hearts are right, the Lord is close at hand.
“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
Proverbs 1:24 (NLT)
Beginning at this verse and continuing through the end of this chapter, the Lord is basically saying that because these people hardened their hearts and refused the Lord’s instructions, the Lord will not answer their prayers and deliver them when their destruction comes. They chose their path, against all the warnings the Lord gave them, and now they will reap what they have sown.
Praise God for Jesus and the New Covenant we live under. Through faith in Jesus, the Lord will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We have a better covenant than these people and better promises. Even under the New Covenant, there are still consequences that we have to deal with, but the Lord is always there to deliver us if we will repent. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
“Since you laugh at my counsel
and make a joke of my advice,
How can I take you seriously?
I’ll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
What if the roof falls in,
and your whole life goes to pieces?
What if catastrophe strikes and there’s nothing
to show for your life but rubble and ashes?
You’ll need me then. You’ll call for me, but don’t expect
No matter how hard you look, you won’t find me.
Proverbs 1:26-28 (MSG)
This is a choice, a deliberate choice. The Lord didn’t instigate this. Those who rejected His counsel started this. All the Lord was doing was giving them what they wanted. They wanted nothing to do with Him, and He was fulfilling their wishes.
Our nation has been systematically rejecting God and His precepts for a long time. We have wanted prayer out of our schools and God out of our textbooks. We are becoming an increasingly secular society.
What’s the result? We got what we wanted.
We now have guns in our schools and all types of ungodliness in our textbooks. Mayhem (chaos, disorder) is taking place, and people blame God.
Why did He let this happen?
But it’s not God’s fault. He was told to back off, and He did. He turned us over to our own hearts’ desires (Romans 1:24), and this is the fruit of that.
A dire prophecy is given in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. It says that those who don’t receive the love of the truth, which God extends to everyone through Jesus, will be sent a strong delusion that they might believe a lie and, therefore, be damned. This is the same thing being related here. It’s therefore imperative that we humble ourselves and receive the truth of God’s Word.
How do the simple, the scorners, and the fools respond to Wisdom?
They refuse to obey her voice; they won’t take hold of her outstretched hand; they laugh at her warnings; and they mock her words. Because they laughed at Wisdom, one day Wisdom will also laugh at them. Because they mocked her, she will mock them. Wisdom sees a storm of judgment coming that will bring distress and anguish to all who reject God’s invitation.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
The Lord has poured out His Spirit upon me so that I may have a keen understanding of His Word. I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name, Amen.