Heed Wisdom Now, Less Rescue NeededLater

How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
— Proverbs 1:22-32

Proverbs is full of wisdom which is why we are doing a Sunday series on the book as well as blogging weekly about nuggets of wisdom too good to pass up.

The end of Proverbs is pretty clear…

God is saying (some would even say He’s begging us) to heed His wisdom now, and there will be less need for rescue later. We all need rescuing from time to time. Maybe you run out of gas, or get a flat tire, or you find yourself stuck and the only answer is a long arm to help you out of the situation.

Either way, rescue is needed, and in most cases a little bit of wisdom in the situation would keep you out of the bind you find yourself in. Knowing that your gas tank will not get you to the next destination, or that tire maintenance was needed the day before to stop that tire from going flat… no matter how you slice it wisdom keeps us from needing rescue. 

Verse 27 and 31 make it clear, God wants us to turn to Him for wisdom instead of ourselves (which is always hard) because when we don’t turn to Him and choose to go our own way, He just might give us what we wanted all along.

Sometimes what we want is not very wise.

If you are like me, when He gives me what I wanted all along and I see the error of my ways, I want out and ask for rescue. Had I paid more attention to God’s wisdom and put more stock in His warning and paid attention applying them to my life I might not have found myself in need of rescue.

To know that sometimes the rescue will not come and we will have to reap the consequences of those choices should be enough to get all of us more in tune with what God says.

Stay tuned to what God is saying and put that wisdom into practice and you will need less rescue in your life. The best way to know what God is saying to you, is to know what God has already said in His word. Seek His word today.