This is my perception of the Proverbs. I am in no way a theologian or teacher of the word. I am simply sharing how this proverb speaks to my heart. I took a select portion from Proverbs 1 which I felt spoke to me as straight forward and in your face nuggets of wisdom. I hope you will join me in this journey.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.”
How often do we hear that we must fear God? I believe we hear it on a regular basis and that it is sprinkled through out the entire Bible. Fear is not as straight forward as you would expect. Fear is dimensional. In this case my NIV Study Bible states that "fear is actually another word for reverence or worship." Which I can't help but think that the fool is the one who is not in the word daily giving praise to God. I all too often lack the discipline it takes to sit down each day and make time to read the Bible. It’s not because life gets in the way, I get in my way. I can talk myself out of a good thing in a heart beat.
Proverbs 1:9 “They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
This is where honoring your mother and father comes in. It is a display of our values for all to see. When we do well it reflects our family and when we do wrong it reflects our family. So if we are to act we need to remember our actions are a reflection of our teachings, our family and where we are in our walk with God. (Matthew Henry Commentary)
Proverbs 1:20 “Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;”
Wisdom is available to all who seek it. It is not selected for just a small few. Wisdom in this case is knowledge of God and an understanding of what is right and wrong.
Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you simple ones [d] love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?”
This says to me that ignorance is not bliss. The knowledge that God provides is simple and available to all who seek it. There is nothing simple about being a Christian. It is constant work on our parts to keep on the path in which God would have us go. The human tendency is one of wanting to be in control and we often fall victim to that need.
Proverbs 1:23 “If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.”
God is available to us all. He wants to share his love with us and if we are open to Him, He will reveal Himself to us.
Proverbs 1:24-27 “But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.”
This once again reminds me of Jonah. God revealed himself to Jonah and Jonah ran. That is when calamity came into play. Jonah rebuked what God asked of him so disaster overtook him and I am certain that being in the belly of a whale will overwhelm a person. The good thing is that Jonah finally feared God in the right way and out of his calamity and distress did what God asked. Then he was blessed. This shows that it is never to late to open your heart to God and to seek the wisdom He has to offer us all.
Proverbs 1:28-33 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
This supports what I said above. If we will not hear God and seek his wisdom, if we turn away from Him, He will not answer us. Looking for Him only when it becomes convenient for us is not truly seeking God, it is seeking our own desired end result and for that, He will not be found.