|Proverbs 1:23-33 |
23 If you will repent at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24 But because I have called, and you refused; because I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded it.
25 Because you have all treated my counsel as nothing and have ignored my reproofs;
26 I will also laugh at your calamity, and I will mock when your fear comes.1
27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.
28 Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early and diligently, but they shall not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.
30 They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own desires.2
32 For the turning away [from my counsel] of the ignorant shall slay them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me and heeds what I say, shall dwell safely; and he shall be at peace from the fear of evil."3
3 But whoever listens to me and heeds what I say, shall dwell safely; and he shall be at peace from the fear of evil. If we desire peace with God, or if we wish to please our creator, then we will seek His counsel and direction. The way we do this is to go to him and wait on him, and listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — his grace, to purify us.
The Lord speaks words to us that are are kind, gentle, pure, easily understood, easily accepted, peaceable, complete, morally correct, encouraging — never sarcastic, embarrassing, threatening, bitter, or harsh — never upbraiding — never incomplete, leaving you guessing what he wants; instead His words are full of love itself — his spirit of Love — for he is Love. He will tell you things about Himself. He will encourage you. He is kindness. He will tell or show you things about yourself; some will be things that are your sins. He doesn't condemn you, but he condemns your sins, which can generate your remorse and godly sorrow, but not your embarrassment. Sometimes he commands you to repent. Because he is your friend, you know that he is showing your sins to you for your own good. So you listen and watch, and you don't run; you stand before the Son of Man, and you repent of what he shows you. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands to repent and thus show him you love him by being obedient. You may not hear for days to weeks of patient daily waiting, but if you are sincere, you will eventually hear; and with obedience, you will hear with increasing frequency.
So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. Here is what the Lord tells us: Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you. Jer 7:23.