Beware The Laughter Of God’s Wisdom
24) But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, 25) since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26) I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you — 27) when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28) Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. 29) Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, 30) since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31) they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their scheme.
There is a real sense in which God gives every man and woman on this earth exactly what he or she wants. God plants in some a desire to know Him and His wisdom. For these, every event in their lives moves them closer to that desire being fulfilled, as they draw closer to their God (Romans 8:29). But God allows some to follow the natural desires of their own hearts and even though He holds out His hand to them and tenderly calls (v. 24 above), they “ignore His advice and reject His rebuke” (v. 30). In the end, they will “eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes” (v. 3). God will laugh at their disaster (v. 26). Don’t be like them. “Choose to fear the Lord” (v. 29), and receive His free salvation.
The Idolators. This huge group of people refuse to worship the Creator, preferring instead to worship objects that they have created themselves. Why? Because they want to be in control—to be a law unto themselves. Idolaters pick and choose the attributes of God that are appealing, then form an idol which bows down to them instead. They attempt to cast off all knowledge of the Creator, and hence His restraints, even though they know they invoke His laughter and His sentence of death (Romans 1:18-32).
Prayer of Application
Sovereign Lord, enable me to heed wisdom’s voice, and by it to warn those who would reject You. Strengthen me to tell them of the certain doom toward which their paths move inexorably.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley