Proverbs 1: 32-33
For the simple are killed by their turning away and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease without dread of disaster.
Proverbs is all about wisdom. Chapter 1 starts off telling us that wisdom is something to be gotten; something to be obtained. It’s something that we should pursue and run to at her every call. In other words, the responsibility for the pursuit and acquisition of wisdom is on us. We are as wise as we choose to be based on how much we choose to yield to the source of true wisdom: God. Proverbs 1:32-33 warns of the consequences of not simply a lack of wisdom, but of actually turning away from or rejection (complacency) of Godly wisdom. The process of turning away is not passive one, but an active one. The Bible says Wisdom calls out, loud and for all to hear, but what we choose to do with that wisdom is what will dictate our future. This passage lays out the downfall of those who scorn Godly wisdom, but it also tells us what awaits those who heed Wisdom’s call: whoever listens to (i.e. hears and applies) wisdom (not worldly wisdom, but Godly wisdom) dwells secure at ease and without dread or fear of disaster.
Destruction is the end of the simple and the fool. While ease, security and fearlessness is the benefit of those who heed wisdom. This world is in a constant state of yelling out all kinds of philosophies, ideologies and false notions—worldly wisdom is loud and plentiful! Turn on any news channel and you’ll hear five different versions of the same story, with 5 different takes and 5 different solutions–all claiming to be true and all claiming to be right. You can pick up three different parenting books that promise to teach you everything you need to know to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids and each book will tell you something completely different and contradictory. It can be hard to discern what’s what! But the Bible says that Wisdom calls out in the streets, in the market, at the head of noisy streets…in other words, wisdom is readily available to us, but we need to be attuned to the sound.
Listening for the voice of Wisdom looks like deferring to the Word instead of leaning on our own understanding. It looks like having people around us that we’re in relationship with and who don’t just tell us what we want to hear, but will give us Godly counsel even if it’s the hard truth. It looks like being found in community of Church. Lastly, it looks like more than just hearing–having the knowledge, but not applying it is living the foolish, complacent life that this passage warns about. Instead, we need to be hearers and doers!
Father, thank you for your word. Thank you that you give us wisdom where we lack. Thank you that your ways are higher than ours. Help us to walk in ease by submitting to Godly wisdom and to trade our wisdom for yours. Holy Spirit, I pray you help us to not to complacent and to not turn away at the hard things, instead help us to lean into your truth and your ways. Jesus, in the midst of so much uncertainty in this world, we can live securely rooted in you. I pray that as we move forward this month listening closely to Wisdom’s call, we’ll all grow in Godly wisdom together living lives that are pointing people to the love Jesus. In your name, Jesus, amen.
Hi Friends! My name Karen Cecilia and I’m just a girl with a passion for writing, loving people and building the local church. I was born, raised and am currently living in the greatest city: New York (I ❤️ NY!). I blog and am an aspiring author.