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The Waywardness of the Naive Shall Kill Them

July 13, 2018


The Waywardness of the Naive Shall Kill Them

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,  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!     My Lord,  You know the way  to eternal life,  with all its treasures  of glory  and wondrous pleasures  of Your most tender care.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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