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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Bricks: Proverbs 1: 20-33

Proverbs 1: 20-33

Wisdom shouts in the streets.
    She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,
    to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons,
    will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
    How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel.

I’ll share my heart with you
    and make you wise.

I feel like this is totally directed at me today. I have a confession: I have not been faithful in my quiet times in a LONG time. I mean I worship in my car daily, read Christian Fiction, and attend church regularly, but I know I will not grow in my relationship with the Lord without spending any time alone with Him reading His Word- life's guidebook. Knowing my personality, this is really ironic. I read the instruction manual for my appliances, research most purchases extensively online, and I have been reading parenting books for the past 2 years- and we don't even have children yet. 
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
My dad said to me just two days ago, that the difference between who you are today, and who you will be in one year will depend on the books you read and the people you meet. If we don't make an effort to do anything different, to grow in any way, we are just like the fools who hate knowledge. 
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.
    I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice
    and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
    I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
    and anguish and distress overwhelm you.

(Remember that this is not God saying he will laugh at you when you are in trouble, this is still wisdom speaking.) 
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.
    Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
    and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
    and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
    choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
    Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
    untroubled by fear of harm.”

It is so much easier to wait until times of trouble to turn to God. To come to Him with our requests, but forget to seek His wisdom. How many times have I turned to him to bail me out of a situation my own foolishness got me into. Even rushing to work praying he will make all the lights green because I didn't wake up early enough. Praying for miraculous, supernatural knowledge before a test when I didn't study, show up for class, or read the book. 
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, I believe insane foolishness is knowing how to gain knowledge, yet not doing it- and expecting to be wise.
My prayer today:
Isaiah 11:2
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
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