Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – Psalm 107:1
23)) Suppose (IF) you had paid attention to (my) warning.
THEN I would have poured out (my) heart to you.
(I) would have told you what (I) was thinking.
24)) But you turned away from me when (I) called out to you.
None of you paid attention when (I) reached out (my) hand.
25)) You turned away from ALL my advice.
You wouldn’t accept (my) warning.
26)) So I will laugh at you when you are in danger.
I will make fun of you when hard times come.
27)) I will laugh when hard times hit you like a storm.
I will laugh when danger comes your way like a windstorm.
I will make fun of you when suffering and trouble come.
28)) “THEN you will call to me. But I won’t answer.
You will look for me. But you won’t find me.
Wow!! I don’t know about you, but when I read these verses, they kinda scare me. Does this mean when I goof up and don’t follow God that He will laugh at me and make fun of me? And when I call Him and ask Him for help, He won’t answer me and I won’t find Him?
It is easy to replace the words in ( ) with God because when you read these verses it seems that it is a person who is talking. However, recalling from verse 20, http://wp.me/p5nZpi-5e, Wisdom is the (my) and the (I). Remember that Solomon uses personification, and that can sometimes confuse the reader.
God has given us, in fact all people, truth through His Word. It is a guide-book to help people navigate their earthly life. It is when the nasty sin of pride infiltrates our mind, our choices, etc., that we have the attitude, “Yeah, right – God stuff, I don’t think so, my way is better…”
In verses 26-27, it is Wisdom, not God that is laughing and making fun, so-to-speak. Basically, these are the consequences of our choices. It seems harsh, but it is as though you can hear Wisdom saying, “I told you so…”
Verse 28, you call, but don’t get an answer. Meaning the consequences of our choices have been exacted (accurate to circumstance), they can not be changed. If someone gets pregnant, out-of-wedlock, they can “call” all they want, but the consequence of their choice will not change.
You may have asked yourself these questions at some point in your life,
- How did I get into this mess?
- Why does everything seem to go bad for me?
- Did I do something wrong?
The answer – You turned away from my advice, You wouldn’t accept my warning. – Proverbs 1:25