Five – Meditations in Proverbs

July 1, 2018


Proverbs 1:24-33

(24) “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. (28) Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: (29) For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: (30) They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. (32) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. (33) But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

The Consequences of being without Wisdom and Knowledge

First of all, God says the simple ones are without excuse for their miserable condition because God has made it possible for it to be otherwise. In verses 24 and 25 he says “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.” In verse 33 he says they could be dwelling in safety and without fear.

God says he will laugh at their calamity. In the end, their life will be a calamity. A calamity is a disaster that brings great loss. The sad thing is that they brought it upon themselves. We feel sorry for people who suffer a calamity such as a tornado. We are ready to help them recover what they have lost. If, on the other hand, if they brought the calamity upon themselves because of their own negligence or foolishness, we have little reason for feeling sorry for them.

We need to take notice of what they did to bring the calamity upon themselves.

1. They took no regard to the warning or to the help that was offered to them. (v. 24)

2. They hated knowledge. (v. 29) They weren’t willing to learn. They dropped out of school. If they were in school, they didn’t listen to what they were being taught.

3. They rejected the fear of the Lord. (v. 29) See what was said about the fear of the Lord in v. 7.

4. They refused to take counsel or reproof from God. (v. 30) The counsel that God gives is perfect. It doesn’t get any better. When God reproves us, we are fools if we disregard it.

Now let’s take note of the extent of their calamity.

1. God will have no sympathy for them. (v. 26) In fact, he will laugh at them.

2. It will result in desolation and destruction. (v. 27)

3. God will not respond when they call on him for help. (v. 28)

4. They shall eat of the fruit of their own way. (v. 31) It may be nothing more than rice and beans, if it is even that.

5. Their way shall slay them. (v. 32) Fools may think they have prospered when they have enough money to buy drugs or alcohol. They don’t realize that those things will bring them to an early grave.

Verse 33 tells us that God had something far better for them. If you find yourself in a calamity like this, it’s not too late to recover. You need to call on God to forgive you for your rebellion against him and start listening and learning.


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