“For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” – Proverbs 1:29-32
I always felt in my heart that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Why do I say that you ask? Well, don’t we all have short term goals where we can attain but not long-term goal because it takes too long? Well, the fear of the long term goal I see is being with the Lord, being in heaven with Him. You see, the long-range goal requires “knowledge… the fear of the Lord… counsel… and reproof.”
Wisdom is calling out to us in the midst of our busy lives to stop/listen/and heed. Should we continue on our deluded merry way, when calamity strikes, the message will be too late to hear, and the consequences can be eternal. Wisdom roams the streets looking for someone to instruct. The ways of right and wrong, as presented in this word of God, are open for all to read and follow. Jesus describes a king sending his servants into the streets to invite people to the wedding of his son. Christ concludes the parable with the words “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Proverbs goes on to speak of what happens when people don’t heed the call. Many people put off God’s Word as if it’s something they’ll get around to later in life. “I’ll worry about that when I’m old and retired and have nothing else to do” is their attitude. The tragic fact is that most people who reject the Word in their youth won’t be able to grasp it in their old age either. So, a wise choice would be what? Reading, studying, meditating, praying God’s word, and now. Join me today in choosing His word.