6/13/2018 0 Comments
Pulling aside, just to 'consider', Our Awesome God. After all, as it is written, 'the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instructions.' Proverbs 1:17
Proverbs Chapter 1 [King James Version]
Remember, this is the story of a young man beginning his life. God is not partial. Young women should take heed, as well. For you see, when you or I consistently follow the 'wisdom' of Proverbs, many of our problems will be drastically reduced. Or, because of 'wisdom', [defined as the way to use knowledge to the best advantage], our 'situations' will not even occur. For Real! Proverbs Chapter 1, Post A, June 10, 2018; Post B, June 13, 2018. [See also the new Bi-Monthly Saturday Series on the Proverbs, beginning this 'Room', Saturday, June 16, 2018, continuing for a 'season'.]
Study in Proverbs - Chapters 1-2, Seek 'Wisdom' and It's Reward
The 'call' of Wisdom. Proverbs is God's Word, so that one will know how to live with success. [verses 20-23] However, there are 'consequences' to failing to 'heed her call'. [verses 24-27]
All 'choices' have 'consequences', intended and unintended.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Are there 'un-answered' prayers in your life? Are you praying in accord with the 'will and character of the Lord', revealed on any matter, in His Word? [John 14:13; 15:7, 16; 16:24; Ephesians 3:20; James 4:2; 1 John 3:22; 5:14] Time to 'check' your life to see what is not in compliance with His Word, perhaps. Then, a time for 'repentance'. Be alert! [Ephesians 6:18] Be 'wise unto God'. [1 John 1:9]
As a result of being 'obstinent', presumptuous, ignoring the 'call', verses 28-32.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
An assurance for those who hear and heed. [verse 33, James 1:22-25]
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Contrary to what many believe or disbelieve, there is a very Sovereign God. He does not leave mankind to themselves. He calls, and for those who answer, 'they dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil'. But, Abba, Father makes it very plain and clear, that the consequences for not 'heeding the call' - or 'taking life on one's own', is devastating. And notice carefully, He calls! He 'initiates'. And, there is no guarantee that He will continue to 'call'. [Psalm 95:7; Hebrews 3:7, 15; 4:7] The view that one can come to God, when they are ready is 'the sin of presumption'. [Psalm 19:13; Romans 2:4; 2 Peter 3:8-10]
]Choices. Life is all about - 'choices'. The 'choices' of our will, or, the 'choices' of the will of God.
[Matthew 6:20; 7:21; 12:50;26:39; Mark 3:35; 14:36; Luke 22:42]
Proverbs teaches that 'the reverence', 'respect', 'fear' of the Lord is the beginning of 'knowledge'. Why? Because the Lord is, [among other 'attributes'], 'all knowing', and His advise takes into consideration all things and people involved in the decisions we make with Him. Following Him, we cannot go wrong. But, when we try to 'figure it out' for ourselves - it is at the best - a 'guess', for we do not know all the intricate details, not to mention, the hearts. motives, intents, of ourselves and others. Thus, we commit the 'sin of pride' by 'proudly' thinking that we get some things 'right', but, most 'wrong', and then, we have to start over. Remember, Adam and Eve!! [Genesis 3, God hates 'pride'.] From God's perspective, unless we are obedient to Him, nothing is 'right', no matter how we may reason. For with God, it is only through 'faith' that He is pleased. [John 8:29; Romans 8:8; Ephesians 5:10; Hebrews 11:6; 13:21]
[For more on the 'attributes of God', see the posts in 'Topics Room' from April 2, 2018 - May 21, 2018. Watch for the posts at the 'Topics Room' in late June on Saturdays, 2018 on 'the sin of Pride'.]
But, when we follow the Lord's guidance, 'he makes all things good' - or He causes the best to occur for all, in accord with His Divine Purpose, ever towards - 'Salvation'. [Romans 8:28] Thus, always watch the 'counselors' you choose to listen to, as well. And, watch the 'advise' you offer to others. For you see, you, they are only human, with 'human knowledge', which is incomplete.
The truly 'wise person' will consider all advise in line with the Word of God, no matter from whom it may come. But, to do that, YOU, I, MUST KNOW WHAT IS WRITTEN. [Acts 17:11] That leaves out - 'the blame-game', for we are ultimately responsible for our own lives and the decisions and the choices we make.
[1 Samuel 6:20; Psalm 76:7; Malachi 3:2; Acts 7:55; Romans 5:2; 8:1; 11:20; 14:101 Corinthians 10:12; 2 Corinthians 1:24; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 6:13; Colossians 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:15 - there is NO OTHER WAY!]
Ever Remember. It will be, only those who refuse His Grace, who will face - His Judgment. [Psalm 1:5; John 3:19; 5:22; 5:24; 5:29; 9:39; 12:31; 16:8; Romans 5:16; 2 Peter 3:7; 1 John 4:17] But, before you 'despair', thinking it is too late, check out the posts in 'topics', which began June 2, 2018 on the 'topic' of - 'the Unpardonable Sin'. Have hope.
The Good Lord has written His Instruction Manual for Mankind to reach his best. Let us be 'wise' to take heed, for He takes no pleasure in the death of sinners, but desires all to come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:9] In His Just Judgment, there will be - no mercy. Amen. Amen.
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