MAY 1 - Proverbs 1 and Luke 14:15-23

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Two proverbs garnered my attention in my reading of Proverbs 1 (vs.10 and vs.23,) but the latter rose to the top:
"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."
Proverbs 1:23
The Great Banquet
"And when one of them that sat at meat with Him heard these things, He said unto him, 'Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.' 
Then said He unto him,
'A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."
Luke 14:15-24
This parable marks a passageway of Christ's movement from the Jews (God's chosen and promised people) to the Gentiles (God's adopted and added people.) He moves abruptly from one audience to another based on their response to His invitation.
The response is what I hone in on since that's what procured the movement from, and the movement toward, these two distinct people groups.
Our proverb for the day incites that we are being given an invitation to respond by turning away or turning toward the reproof being offered by wisdom.
The word "reproof" offers us an immediate knowledge that we are a people in need of corrective wisdom from God on a continual basis. Since we are an independant and resistant people who like to do our own thing and go our own way, we immediately bulk at words that render humility, need, and heart change, but the choice is put before us and the choice is ours:
Turn toward or turn away; tune in or tune out.
Godly wisdom beckons us from God's word to sit down and partake of the Spirit's power and be filled ... to dine and eat with the Bread of Life or reject him and go our own way with our own idea of wisdom.
Excuses abound at this point and the same excuses that were used in the parable are familiar to us:
We've got lives to live, families to feed, jobs to complete, vacations to enjoy, and a Facebook status that needs attending. Our litany of excuses is exhausting.
A quiet time and wisdom are good ... but who has time?
The wise individual has time.
The individual who prizes and prioritizes their walk with Christ, above all, has time.

God is not interested in our excuses, which are merely an assertion of what we truly value. No words are needed.
An open invitation has been extended to us to exchange the temporal for the eternal and
trade our business for a needed intimacy. The impartation of wisdom is either given or rejected based on our response.
Choose wisely, respond attentively ... the outcome will affect your eternity.
1) What or who is taking presidence over my time with Christ?
2) If I continue my present course of decision making, where will it lead me one year from now?
3) Am I being filled with the impartation of wisdom that Christ has promised me or am I missing the blessing?