Pr. 1:28: “They will call on me (says wisdom), but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.”
Last week we returned home from a 3-day trip to a find our house just as we’d left it. There had been no fire, no break-in, no water damage, no tree through the roof–nothing. Everything was perfect.
As I thought about this and began to thank God for His protection over our house and our lives, I recalled all the times when I’ve returned home from a trip and didn’t even stop to fully consider it. I thought of all the things we could have returned home to find, and things that I know others have returned to find before.
I thought about how it can be so easy to blame God when things go wrong. It seems so normal that we ask or wonder why God allowed unfortunate things to happen. Why is it that it took me until this trip to come home specifically thanking God that there was no tree on my roof, or water damage to our home? Why hasn’t it been the most natural thing for me to praise Him for the fact that fire did not burn our home down or destroy our pictures and possessions while we were away?
This proverb reminds me of how we can sometimes wait until disaster strikes to look for God. Then, we wonder where He is or why He allowed it. Did we thank Him every other time that it didn’t? Were we talking to Him daily beforehand, nurturing our relationship with Him?
In this proverb, wisdom didn’t answer nor show herself to those who call upon her or sought her. Why not? Because she had been trying to get their attention every other moment before this and they ignored her, turned their backs on her, and refused her. Now, when they needed her most and finally decided to call for her, she wasn’t there. She was allowing them to have their own way, just as they had always wanted. Wisdom means business!
But where is God when disaster strikes? He is right there, ready to offer peace, strength, refuge, and hope….right where He has always been. He is the same God that was there every other time disaster did not strike. He is the same God that offered protection 5 minutes before.
We don’t need to wait until it’s too late to look for or call upon God, and only then to place blame. We must nurture our relationship with Him from moment to moment, knowing that He loves and cares for us the same yesterday, today, and forever. His plans for us are good, He always provides, and we have a great reward ahead, just like we always did.
Call for Him now,