“but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” – Proverbs 1:33
The quote here from Proverbs 1 is spoken by “Wisdom.” Beginning in verse 1:22, Wisdom begins to cry out in the streets and tries to help whoever will listen. The climax of this soliloquy, though, comes at verse 1:33. Here, three things are promised to whomever will listen to this voice:
- “…will dwell secure…”
- “…will be at ease…”
- “…without dread of disaster.”
Who in their right mind would not want these things? I think everyone dowes. Ever since the fall of man, since we’ve had to deal with sin, we have all longed for security, ease and life without disaster.
And since we still live in a sinful world — we know bad things are happening all around us — how can this promise be true?
To know the answer to this, we first need to understand what wisdom really is. Though personified as a woman here in Proverbs 1, true wisdom means to have a Biblical view of life and to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let me put it another way: the wisest thing you could ever do is to respond to Jesus’ call to you.
If we understand this and know Jesus Christ, then we understand what verse 1:33 is saying. We know that if we are in Jesus Christ, then we will dwell secure, live at ease and avoid disaster. This isn’t because bad things won’t happen, it’s because our eternity is secure in Jesus.
And for this we can worship Him today!
Amen and amen.