August 19, 2019 – Proverbs 1:28-29

Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:28-29.

The book of Proverbs comes from Solomon, who asked God for wisdom to rule the Israelites.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,  Proverbs 1:7-8.  The book of proverbs is practical knowledge taught by the parents.  Fathers have a profound place in nurturing and guiding the next generation in godly ‘adulting.’

Refusing to listen and learn, creates a vacuum of innate goodness and honor.  When calamity comes like a whirlwind, it sweeps a person away from safety.  Watching my children face storms in their lives, I realize how blessed God is to teach them faithfulness and understanding.  They look to God in joy for direction and guidance.  They listen and learn His Truths.  What a blessing for parents to have children who listen and obey the Lord.

Long ago I found this truth – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:33-34.  

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.  Proverbs 1:5.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him.  John 9:31. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely. Proverbs 10:9a.

But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. Proverbs 1:33