Proverbs 1: 28-31 – “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
Remember that the book of Proverbs is incredibly practical – literally, like an instruction manual for life on this earth. The principles that it shares illuminate how life on this fallen earth usually works. In this section, of Chapter 1, Solomon shows the choice that every human must make – will we heed wisdom’s call, or will we reject it? The answer to that question determines the path we travel.
Early this week, we saw the foundation of wisdom – namely, that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. Wisdom begins with acknowledging that there is a God on the throne, and He has something to say about my life. From that foundation, wisdom grows.
Today, as we continue through Chapter 1, we see the consequences of choosing the way of “folly”. In other words, here are the results of a life built on a different foundation. Those who refuse to follow God’s way through life; those who spurn obedience and embrace the “wisdom of this world” reap what they sow. Literally. Solomon writes that they “eat the fruit of their ways”; they are “filled with the fruit of their schemes”.
In other words, God grants us free will, and He allows us to follow our own evil desires as long as we choose. The result of that lifestyle: frustration, discontentment, and separation from God. Thus, a person who follows a path apart from God’s way need not shake his fist at God when he hits a dead end. God has not left him, but is waiting for him to humbly turn back.
These verses in Proverbs 1 sound an ominous warning, but they also point to another path. Those who accept God’s leading and embrace Him as Savior and Lord live in the light of His blessing. The path is safer; the footing more secure. Plus, we have the assurance that He hears us when we call!