Proverbs 1:28-33 (ESV)
28 “ Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
Have you ever known or met a person who just denies any existence of God? Or worse, maybe they claim to know God and believe in Jesus, yet they believe they can live life in which ever manner they please. On top of this they seem to be taken care of, they never seem to be out of money, have nice cars, always on vacation and seem to have a peaceful family. This facade just makes us cringe, doesn’t it? Well it shouldn’t!
The fact is that while these people may be thinking they are living the good life, in fact they are living a very shallow life, a life that if all these materialistic components were taken away, they would no longer have a meaning for life. Sure the fruit of their labor looks good for the time being, but when tragedy strikes, as God promises it will, where will they go? Many extremely wealthy families have been broken up over the past few years because of the economic depression our country is in. People are divorcing, turning to drugs and alcohol, and taking their own lives. This happens because the image the devils paints in our head is one that shows us that money is all we need to live at peace and we believe this. However, the devil doesn’t tell us that one day we will be left with nothing but our heart and soul, which is to be examined and judged.
Verse 33 says those that listen will dwell securely and will be at EASE, without dread of disaster. Ever notice how all these rich men put their money into stocks to attempt to capitalize on the money they already have earned and then they sit there and constantly watch what the stock market is doing because if their stock crashes they could lose everything. This raises their stress level and blood pressure and also takes their attention away from their family. This is why God urges us to take our safety out of our money and lay it into His hands.
The ONLY way to fully be happy and safe is to invest in the Lord. Invest with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, because HE is the only disaster protection we need. He will watch over your family and lead them to the Promised Land. God Bless!