Proverbs 1:29-33 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
The battle has always been between right and wrong, good and evil, serving self or yielding to the wisdom of God. Adam and Eve faced it in the Garden of Eden. The people of Noah’s time faced it back then. The Children of Israel faced it as they were delivered from Egypt, and walked across the desert. Even Jesus faced it as Satan tempted Him in the wilderness.
These verses at the end of chapter one set up the rest of the book of Proverbs. Here are the choices given to man. You can choose to run after the world’s promises, with all its elusive and misleading dreams. In Proverbs 1:32 it says; “…and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” It does not say that the prosperity MAY destroy you, POSSIBLY COULD, or that there is a CHANCE IT MIGHT, but it WILL be your destruction. On the other hand, you can listen to the wisdom of God. If you do, God promises you will dwell safely and in peace. Why? Because what God teaches you is how to live right.
When living God’s way, you’re not spending all your time wondering if you’ll be caught for having things you didn’t get legitimately. You’re not wondering if people will catch you in a lie. You’re not living a lie. You’re living life. A real life, as God intended. It’s a life with a clear conscious of who you are, what you’ve done, and where you stand in the scheme of all eternity. The “fear,” which means your respect, and worship of God, as it says in Proverbs 1:7, “…is the beginning of knowledge.”
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Now that we know the two alternatives, it would almost seem silly to ask the question of, which will you follow. Nevertheless, here it goes. “WHICH WILL YOU FOLLOW?” Will it be God’s wisdom… or Man’s elusive dreams?
JANUARY 16, 2020
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Genesis 32 – 35 Proverbs 1:29-33
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