Today’s passage is not a very happy or encouraging one. It is the part of Wisdom’s call that is a terrible warning of what the Day of God’s wrath will bring. But it is important to hear these words otherwise they wouldn’t be there in Scripture, and it is important to remember that that Day is not today. So please don’t let this be you, who suppresses the truth and thus condemns yourself. And for those of you who are believers, praise God that this Day is not for you and think of this warning when you go out into the world– there are still those who need to hear Wisdom’s Call, and although I didn’t include it here, you are a part of that call too.
20Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; 21on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: 22“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 23Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28“Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” ~Proverbs 1
The fear of the LORD
Is the beginning of wisdom
And wisdom is what
We should listen to
Always she is calling out,
Imploring us to change
But the day will come
When it will be too late
Wisdom calls out—
Who can hear her?
God can be seen—
Who can see Him?
Has not His creation declared it?
“There is a God! He is the LORD!”
Does not life demand it?
“None of us are good. We need a righteous Savior.”
Let us go our own way
Do as we see fit
No one seems to notice
The destruction it has caused
How we are slitting our own wrists
Put the blame on discipline
And our children despise us
And go the same way
Put the blame on laws
So we slice those away
Put the blame on government
They tighten their hold
Put the blame on God
And He grows cold
The day will come
When we call out to the children
And they will lock us behind bars
When we yearn for some rules
But the only ones left condemn us
When we wish to throw off the governments control
But their grip is too strong
When we cry out to God for salvation, wisdom
But He will not hear
The judgment has come
“1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~Psalm 19
“18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” ~Romans 1
All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—
“‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.
I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will fall in the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
1Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6“I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” ~Psalm 2