Psalm 14:2 ERV, The Lord looks down from heaven to see if there is anyone who is wise, anyone who looks to him for help.
So God equates wisdom with those who look to him for help. Those of us who look to men or ourselves for help, we must be very foolish. “I’ve got this!” or “I don’t need anyones help!” have got to be phrases that make God shake his head. I know that I’ve said these things! Regrettably, there have been many times that I’ve dove into the shallow end of the pool with a deep dive, injuring myself and others around me.
When Davids son, Solomon wrote Proverbs, the emphasis was to seek wisdom above all things. Who knew that wisdom was merely looking to God? Read this passage from Proverbs 1:22-32:
“Fools, how long will you love being ignorant? How long will you make fun of wisdom? How long will you hate knowledge? I wanted to tell you everything I knew and give you all my knowledge, but you didn’t listen to my advice and teaching.
“I tried to help, but you refused to listen. I offered my hand, but you turned away from me. You ignored my advice and refused to be corrected. So I will laugh at your troubles and make fun of you when what you fear happens. Disasters will strike you like a storm. Problems will pound you like a strong wind. Trouble and misery will weigh you down.
“Fools will call for me, but I will not answer. They will look for me, but they will not find me. That is because they hated knowledge. They refused to fear and respect the Lord. They ignored my advice and refused to be corrected. They filled their lives with what they wanted. They went their own way, so they will get what they deserve.
“Fools die because they refuse to follow wisdom. They are content to follow their foolish ways, and that will destroy them. But those who listen to me will live in safety and comfort. They will have nothing to fear.”
When I read this, I saw something that had escaped me before; when disaster strikes us like a storm, problems pound us like strong wind and trouble and misery weigh us down, it’s merely the Father trying to reach us and teach us to call on Him. Most of us only call on him when we’re desperate. A plea for help from a sinking ship. But wise is the child who asks, ‘How should I pursue? What do you think I should do?’ There is wisdom in calling out to God before the ship sinks and all is lost.
Father, I don’t know where I would be if I had not learned to call on you. Probably on some remote island, waiting for my ship to come in and rescue me. I know that I am not wise, but you are, and I’ve learned to come boldly to your throne of grace to obtain understanding. I’m thankful that at an early age, I learned to listen to your still small voice. I may be directionally challenged at times, but you’re so patient with me, teaching me to walk with you and talk with you and allow you to direct my steps. There’s no one I’d rather be with then you and you are with me always. I speak peace into the lives of each person reading this post today. May you be to them the kind and loving Father you are to me. It’s in the name of your precious Son I ask this, Amen
“Fools die because they refuse to follow wisdom. They are content to follow their foolish ways, and that will destroy them. 33 But those who listen to me will live in safety and comfort. They will have nothing to fear.”