Friday, September 19, 2014

A Desperate Call

“Larry,” he said to get my complete attention, “don’t go next door and play with Richard. He’s not good for you to be around.”

“OK, Dad. I won’t.” At least not while you're looking, I said to myself, under my breath.

Not long after the warning, I heard his penetrating whistle that could be heard throughout the neighborhood. However, I was next door, on the roof of Richard’s garage with some other friends having a great time. Now, the “good time” was over. I looked down from the roof, and there he was standing at the foot of the ladder. I knew I was busted. He spoke, I refused to obey, and the party was over.

“How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?” wrote Solomon. Or, if he was talking to me today it would mean, “Larry, why were you so careless to allow yourself to drift into temptation. Don’t you remember I gave you a warning? Why didn't you follow my advice?”

This verse contains a certain sadness: “How long...” will it take to get your attention? I warned you, didn’t I? When will you ever “grow-up” and accept the wisdom I offered you? I offered you my best: wisdom that would last a lifetime and you rejected it.

But rejecting God’s wisdom is very costly. In verse 25 there are some tragic words to describe the end results of disobeying God: “Since you rejected me when I called...and ignored my advice...and would not accept my rebuke, I will laugh at you." God’s grace has its limits.

Prayer: Lord, how blest are those who hear Your Word, accept it and follow it. Rejecting it has its consequences. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

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