Proverbs 1:20-23, “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”
How dangerous is it to not hearken to the calls of God? So many Christians play with the roulette wheel when it comes to sins. Do we think that God does not care about the lack of obedience to the laws of our land? Do we think the He isn’t looking or didn’t mean “exactly” what He said in His Word? Why do we toy with rebellion, don’t we realize that rebellion will lead to ruin…yes, even “little rebellions.” Why do we rate sin as a small sin or a little white lie, instead of calling it what it is…SIN?
God’s word calls to us to search for wisdom, to take hold of it and cling to it. Yet, as wise as we might act in some situations, we lack mightily in others. While wisdom is available at every turn (through understanding, the light of the law of nature, the powers and faculties of reason and the conscience or better known as the voice of God) we seem to ignore or not recognize the prompting of the Holy Spirit when we need it most. Is it because we are listening for a “still small voice” or do we recognize Him when He cries out?
God is calling out “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (see Isaiah 1:18). And when we hear, submit and respond, He is faithful to pour out His spirit upon us by making His will and His Word known to us. What a comfort we can have as His children, to know that no matter what temptation befalls us, He is there to give us wisdom.
Prayer: Father, you have not spoken in secret, your Word is not hidden from your people. You speak righteousness and it is life unto us. LORD, your Word is sound wisdom and discretion; it is life unto our souls and grace to our neck. In your Word we can walk safely, for our foot will not stumble if we abide in you. LORD, go with us this day and draw us to your Word as we encounter temptation. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©