A Beautiful Woman Too Often Scorned
20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;
21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings:
22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?
23 “Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24 “Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
25 And you neglected all my counsel, And did not want my reproof;
26 I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,
27 When your dread comes like a storm, And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come on you.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,
29 Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
30 “They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
31 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be satiated with their own devices.
32 “For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.
33 “But he who listens to me shall live securely, And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
(Proverbs 1:20-1 NASB)
I don’t want to write much here for the lesson is clear but I do want to make a few simple observations that are on my mind.
- Calamity and dread in the lives of those who love God are a given. Following and loving Jesus does not mean that the life you will experience will now be free of trouble.
- God’s voice is not silent. Frankly, it is never silent. It is crying out daily for us to bend our minds and hearts to hear and heed.
- The fool is not the one who does not know, but the fool who hears and does not heed God’s word and wisdom.
- The time to learn true wisdom is when the good and peaceful times are present. But for the fool those times are for play, not work.
- There is little sympathy to those who have had ample opportunity to store up wisdom but do not. When the pain of folly washes their feet from under them, this beautiful woman of wisdom laughs. This is painful to read, but it is even more painful to experience.
- The only thing worse than being a person who has spurned wisdom and now desperately seeks it is the person who, in the midst of calamity hardens their heart even more. Oh what a broken and contrite heart before the Lord accomplishes.