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Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 1:46 PM

Proverbs 1:Wisdom's Call (14)

Finishing up Proverbs 1. I have one more post on it before I want to move onto something else. Maybe I'll post my summary of Malachi later too. That was a good book to go through.
32For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster."
The last few verses summarize pretty much all of the first few sections of Proverbs. But there is an interesting twist here.

"The simple are killed by their turning away." Yeah, we've been through that.

"and the complacency of fools destroys them." What's this about? Weren't we just discussing how the fools were hostile? Weren't they openly rebellious? Rejecting rebuke? Yes, and yes, but what this verse tells us is that the rejection doesn't always come in the form of open hostility. No it comes in the form of complacency. It comes in the form that "eh, you believe what you believe, I'll believe what I will. Let's just love one another." They may have a passing interest in what God has to say, but when push comes to shove, they would much rather just live as they are. They're not going to go and persecute Christians, but neither are they going to be too receptive to what God has to say. And so they die. They die because they are complacent with where they're at. They die because in not responding, they've turned away.

No, these aren't smart people that make one mistake. Scripture describes them as fools and fools they are. Knowing the truth inside of their hearts yet rejecting it, knowing and hearing Wisdom call but being complacent with where they are at, the label foolish is apt.

But through all this, the promises of God stand sure:
33but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster."
For those who love God, all things work together for good. For those who turn at Wisdom's reproof, life and security, without dread of disaster. Now it's necessary to point out that good people do face disasters. Good people will have calamity. Job lost all he had and was even struck with boils. But what this promises is that there will be no fear of diaster.

Why? Because that fear of disaster will be replaced with faith. A faith that is unshakable, grounded in God's wisdom. Grounded in justice and righteousness. It will be accompanied with wisdom so that a person, even in the midst of calamity, will still know how to best glorify and serve God. Thus the fear of disaster will have been driven out by the healthy fear of God. And with God, with Wisdom, eternal life is in store.

The world may end today. Are you afraid? And of what?

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