(Note: This is the first of what we hope are many guest posts by Dave Wager)

Proverbs 2:22-33 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” 2

Tough words? True words?

How can we spin this to “soften” it? How can we spin these words to make it so I feel less convicted?

That is what the modern church is about, isn’t it? Are we not about making people comfortable in their sin and poor decisions? If we would dare tell people that the reason for their misery is the fact that they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord we would be called judgmental or unloving or something horrible. If we called people who have God’s Word but ignore it fools, that probably would land us in a heap of trouble.

Yet, this is what God said, in Proverbs, not what Dave said in Wisconsin.

There is a huge difference. God does it right, all the time. Those who ignore God, His word or are complacent about what He says are fools.

If we have any problem with this accusation we need to take it up with the one who ultimately wrote these words, even though we love killing the messenger in an effort to validate our sin.

Once again, the killing of the messenger shows who the fools are for the killing of the messenger has never stopped the message. In fact, history shows us that the killing of the messenger usually propels the message the killers are trying to stop.

In the end, God wins. Get used to it. Adjust to it and all will be well.