Proverbs 1:24-33 “However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one was paying attention, and you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke, so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you, I will mock when what you dread comes, when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you. Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me. Because they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD, they did not comply with my advice; they spurned all my rebuke. Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel. For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm.”

To our modern ears the words seem a bit harsh: “I will mock when what you dread comes.” But wisdom is giving us an important reminder here about how life works. It’s too late to ask for wisdom’s help after you’re caught beating and robbing someone (Proverbs 1:11-14)! The time to seek wisdom is before you end up in trouble. That’s why true wisdom starts with the fear of the Lord. When we fear we trust, we seek, we learn, and we follow. We understand that God teaches what’s best for us, and we live in security. But if we don’t fear we may find ourselves in the exact scenario that Proverbs reveals in our passage today:

Psalm 2:1-4 “Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the LORD and his anointed king. They say, ‘Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us. Let’s free ourselves from their ropes.’ The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them.

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