Have you ever been too stubborn to ask for help?
Proverbs 1:28. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
The “me” in this verse is Wisdom. Solomon has made wisdom into a person who is talking to us in these verses. What is wisdom saying to us? If you reject wisdom over and over again, there will come a time when wisdom won’t be able to help you. It will be too late. I will not answer. You will not find me.
Have you ever ignored wisdom? Have you ever failed to listen to a teacher, a pastor, your mom or dad? Have you ever rejected their instructions and then later it was too late to get help? Maybe you didn’t practice your instrument like everyone said you should, and then at the recital you forgot your piece. Maybe your coach told you how to run the play but you never listened and so you lost the game. Maybe you never do your homework and now it’s too late to change your grade.
Music, and sports, and even grades in school are small compared to some of the bigger things in life. Things like relationships, or your integrity (do you know what that is?). If you tell lies, and mom and dad wisely tell you to be honest, but you keep on lying, what will happen eventually? It will be too late to tell the truth. Your integrity is harmed for a long, long time. Or if you are mean to others over and over, eventually it may be too late to make friends. Everyone will label you as the bully.
And even more important than this life is the next life. Jesus is God’s true Wisdom who says to us “call on me and I will answer, seek me and you will find me.” If we come humbly to Jesus for forgiveness of all our sins and for his wisdom, trusting God and his love, then Jesus will always, always, always hear us and share his life with us. But if we keep on rejecting Jesus and his forgiveness and grace, there will come a day when it will be too late. The Bible says that after we die we will be judged by Jesus based on whether we listened to him or not. We need to be wise and listen to him BEFORE we die. Trust him before it is too late. Receive his forgiveness before we are judged for our sins.
Will you listen to Jesus today, or will you be too stubborn?
Because of Jesus we can have God’s wisdom, love, and grace.
With Jesus we don’t have to be stubborn, we can trust God in all things.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Everybody say something you have been stubborn about. When you pray together ask God to help free you from being stubborn and to listen to each other instead.
Jesus, I don’t want to be stubborn. I want to listen to you before it’s too late. Help me to always listen to you and wise people. Amen.
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