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Communion Meditation…

Simple Ways

How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22

Proverbs speaks of several different classes of people.

The wise listen to God and obey. The simple do not obey God, but are not hardened in sin either. They are naïve and inexperienced. They, if they are willing, can learn and grow. The mockers delight in laughing at serious matters. They scoff at things they do not understand. The fools have evil hearts. To call a man a fool is more than to say he isn’t wise – it is to say he is immoral for he rejects God.

At this Table, I need to examine myself to see what I am.

Am I a fool, rejecting God and set in my own way?

Am I a mocker, scoffing at good because I do not understand it?

Am I simple, naïve and inexperienced?

Am I wise, for I always seek God’s will to serve Him?

Honestly, I am likely each of these at times. The crucified, submissive Christ, however, calls me to be like Him: always obedient to the will of God.

Am I willing to follow Him and learn from Him? He is the smartest One who ever lived on this planet. It is “smart” for me to want to listen to Him, for He knows of what He speaks!

Am I wise enough to listen to Him – and learn from Him? Do I try to “second-guess” Him at every turn? Do I question His commands? Do I seek to follow His example? Let me look at myself and learn wisdom.

The beginning of wisdom, the Proverbist writes, is to fear the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). True wisdom can only come with a faithful reverence for God. Do I have that? Or am I still naively going my own way in my own wisdom without caring about God?


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