Sorry I have not written in a while. I am back.
Proverbs 1: 20 out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
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—
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,
Wisdom is always calling out. It has a lot to say. But not very many people are actually listening. There are a lot of children who say of their parents, “I wish they would just shut up, I have heard this a million times.” But, in verse 22, wisdom does the same thing. It continues to call out, even when those who are supposed to be listening are not. And you can tell it is been calling out for a while, because in verse 22. It asks, “how long will you who are simple love your simple ways?”
So wisdom has been rebuking fools for a long time. And it continues in verse 24 to let us know that these fools have heard wisdom, but refuse to listen. It tells us that these people have paid no attention. When wisdom stretched out its hand they disregarded its advice.
So wisdom says when you have a disaster that strikes you, it will laugh at you. We are not talking about people laughing at you, we are talking about wisdom laughing at you. In verse 28, it says, then they will call upon wisdom, but wisdom will not answer.
So wisdom must be gathered before the calamity strikes. Do not believe the old adage that experience is the best teacher. That may be true if it is somebody else’s experience and they can warn you not to take that route. We must spend our time gathering wisdom from the Bible and from the mind of those who have been through troubles so that we will not repeat them.
Young people: pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Listen to your elders. They have lived through more than you can imagine. And they do not want you to go to the same things. You can accelerate your life if you will glean the fruit of wisdom from those who have already been there.
But remember, if you want to climb a mountain, listen to someone who has climbed a mountain. Never listen to someone or take advice from someone who has never accomplished what you are looking to accomplish. If you are looking for a strong marriage, do not talk to someone who has been divorced three times; and, do not take advice from a single person. Find a couple who’ve been happily married for 30, 40, and 50 years. Sit down with them and asked them how they did it. Then, do not disregard what they have to say as being old-fashioned. That is probably why it works. Our society today is moving farther and farther away from God, and a lot of modern advice will only get you in trouble.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “this is what the Lord says: stand at the crossroads and look; asked for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, we will not walk in it.”
That sounds too much like today. People are writing off the Bible and preachers and are replacing them with textbooks and college professors. Do not be the one who forsakes godly wisdom. Do not be the one who wisdom laughs at. It definitely is not fun when wisdom says, “I told you so.”