|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 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 Lords' voice is kind, gentle, pure, easily understood, easily accepted, peaceable, complete, morally correct, encouraging — never with even a hint of sarcasm, bitterness, or condemnation — 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 ugly. But since he is your friend, you know that he is showing them 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. And sometimes he gives you commands. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands and show him you love him by being obedient.
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.