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The Waywardness of the Naive

April 27, 2016

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The Waywardness  of the Naive

We see  all sorts  of terribly sad things  in this world.     Probably  the most sad  is seeing someone refusing  to accept God’s word  as our best advice.     They want  to live  their own way.     Pride keeps them  from changing their wayward ways.     They really do realize  the utter destruction  of the path  they are on,  but feel  they will somehow  have the power  to change  the course  of events,  so that  they will be successful  in the end  — in spite  of their total disregard  of God’s wisdom.

They know God  and believe  in Him  —  but,  they feel  it is okay  for them  to blatantly disrespect God’s love,  wisdom,  and sound advice.     The book  of Proverbs  in the Bible  talks about such people.     The wisdom  of God  speaks directly  to those proudly disobedient people,  and shows  what will eventually happen  to them  in Proverbs 1:28-33,

Then  they will call  on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently,  but they shall not find me,
Because they hated knowledge,
And did not choose  the fear  of the LORD,
They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned  all my reproof.
So  they shall eat  the fruit  of their own way,
And be satiated  with their own devices.
For the waywardness  of the naive  shall kill them,
And the complacency  of fools  shall destroy them.

But  he who listens  to me  shall live securely,
And shall  be at ease  from the dread  of evil.

One should feel like crying out,  “Aaaaaach!     Stop the train!     I want  to get off!!!”

When we refuse  to get off  the train  of disobedience,  the consequences  will include,  “they shall eat  the fruit  of their own way,”  and they shall  “be satiated  with their own devices.”

Can we grasp  the awfulness  of this?     It applies  to all refusals  to live God’s way,  but a graphic example  could be a person  who insists  on hanging out  with druggies  and using drugs.     He confidently thinks  he can handle  the situation  and receive  all the gratification  he desires  without any dire consequences.     But,  truth be said,  the drugs  will soon have control  of his mind  and will become his destruction.

We don’t have control  over what Satan can do  to us  when we go too far  into sin.     There will be serious consequences  in this life,  and possibly,  eternal consequences.     We all need  the common sense  of realizing  one cannot walk  into a blazing fire  without getting badly burned.

If a person insists  he wants  the “fun”  and “cool experience”  that drugs provide,  he will soon be so “satiated”  with his “own devices”  —  so engorged  with the horrors  of drugs  —  that he will see death  as the only way out  of his dilemma.     All these results  are easy  to see  in the example  of drug use.     But,  we need  to see the horrendous results  of other sins,  too.

We cannot handle  the results  of any  of them.     We have absolutely  no control  when the results  of our sins  come rolling in.     It does not matter  if our pet sin  is sex,  cheating,  lying,  greed,  gossiping,  foul language,  drunkenness,  stealing,  porn,  or whatever.     Each blatant sin  has it’s own grossly uncontrollable results.

So,  what can we do?     Proverbs 1:33 pleadingly says,

But he who listens  to me  shall live securely,
And shall be at ease  from the dread  of evil.

Start listening  to God  today  —  right now.     He is all wisdom.     He is our Creator  and our Redeemer.     We surely  can trust Him  and all His loving advice.     God longs  for us  to heed  His word.     We won’t ever  be sorry  for listening  to our heavenly Father  and obeying  His word.

Knowing the joy  of living  in God’s loving care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You know  the way  to eternal life,  with all its treasures  of glory  and wondrous pleasures  of Your most tender care.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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