Daily Reflections March 22, 2017
This chapter begins and ends with two voices calling out. Lady Wisdom is presented in the opening verses as having prepared a feast for her guests. She has sent out her young women to invite the simple to join her and to learn how to walk in the way of insight. The woman Folly is pictured as sitting at the entrance of the house and calling loudly to those who pass by. She invites the simple to join her in enjoying stolen water and bread.
The imagery is striking. Both Wisdom and Folly are actively calling out to the simple and Folly is portrayed as having a loud voice! This image so tragically captures the state of our world. The voice of foolishness often shouts at us with a deafening volume. We hear that voice in our own hearts and we hear it prominently in society. Our media is flooded with wickedness and error and, from the most visible of platforms, it celebrates decisions that lead to ruin. Folly takes her place at the highest point in the town and, rest assured, you will hear her invitation. Which invitation will you accept?
Consider the way that you respond to rebuke. We see here that a fool despises correction. He has no desire to be taught. He has no appreciation for outside voices that attempt to encourage him forward in the right direction. He is naturally hardheaded and full of pride. This is not true of the one who is wise. He welcomes rebuke and correction because he knows that it is the only way to increase in learning. What’s more, he LOVES the one who rebukes him. Is this true of you?
Lady Wisdom calls out to the simple. Do you desire to be wise?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10 ESV)
Ultimately, true wisdom is found in only one place. It comes from the only One who is truly wise. God has spoken, and we have been invited to sit at His feet and to listen. As we study His word with His Spirit stirring in our hearts, we are corrected, rebuked, directed and transformed. When His Word confronts you, do you surrender to Him and obey? Or do you resist and make excuses?
“Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.” (Proverbs 9:6 ESV)
Pastor Levi denBok
The wisdom and grace of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is greater than anyone can imagine. God’s glory is magnified as we see the hopeless condition we were in before Christ and the glorious future we have in Christ. To worship our Saviour as we ought we need to confront the reality of who we were apart from Christ. There is no rejoicing in the good news apart from first being wounded by the bad news.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)
Before coming to Christ, we were enslaved by the devil, by our flesh and by the ways of the world. We followed the spirit of the age. We were blind and deceived and we didn’t know it. We lived by the appetites of our flesh and we thought we were “normal”. The enemies of our soul that promised life only led us to death. Not only were we spiritually dead, we were under the wrath of God.
We will not see our need for salvation if we don’t face our ugly condition head on. It is only by the illuminating power of the Word of God through the work of the Spirit of God that we can see the truth of our state apart from Christ. If we do not understand our desperate state we will not cry out for mercy or understand the significance of the cross.
In Christ, once dead, we are now alive! In Christ, once children of wrath, we are now children of mercy! We read of the great turning point of hope,
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)
The gospel is the good news of what God alone has done in Jesus Christ to secure our salvation. We were saved to display of the goodness and glory and wisdom of Almighty God. The great news of the gospel is that the dead can come back to life!
How then should we respond to God’s gift of salvation and forgiveness in Christ?
1. We should marvel and worship! (Ephesians 1:5-6)
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
2. We should yield our lives and serve! (Ephesians 2:10)
The power of the gospel creates a people who delight not only to worship in praise, but also to worship by submitting their lives to obey God and do his work.
3. We should pray the prayer of Ephesians 1:17-20!
May God’s Spirit open our eyes ever wider to see the inexpressibly glorious inheritance that is ours in Christ.
4. We should be humbled and rejoice!
We should be humbled by our sinful condition, and then rejoice greatly in the grace of God that found us, saved us, keeps us and will bring us home faultless (Jude 24-25).
Associate Pastor Jody Cross