"Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me.”  (Proverbs 1:28)
          Verses 20-27 lays out what can be called for us “The Call of Wisdom”.  Extending through v33, Wisdom is personified and speaks in the first person, emphasizing the serious consequences that come to those who reject it. Similar personifications of wisdom occur in 3:14–18; 8:1–36; 9:1–12.  Seen as a total passage - wisdom is seen as a prophetess and teacher. She shows the folly of those who reject moral instruction and discipline.
         Once Solomon reaches verse 28 we see God’s rejection of sinners carefully detailed. This is the aspect of God’s wrath expressed in His abandonment of sinners. Paul discusses this in Rom. 1:24–28. No prayers or diligent seeking will help them (cf. 8:17).  While this is an awful concept, it is one that needs be preached and witnessed when the opportunity is given with the unredeemed.  Sadly, it is all to often put forth that because off God’s love, he is never willing to “close the door”, despite their continual resistance, rejection, rebellion and persistent rebellion against Him.  The truth of the matter is often that if a person has not sought wisdom before calamity strikes, it is often too late to learn.  Whereas for the unredeemed this is disastrous; but for the redeemed, it results in the chastening hand of God, even severely administered, but no final casting aside and out.  Those who are God’s children, purchased by the blood Jesus, there is security and safety, even from self!
         The “
Then” at the beginning of verse 28 calls for a conclusion drawn from the truths proclaimed in the prior section.  The point there was that Wisdom has called and called, counselling a turn from wickedness and a submission to God.  It is almost as if Solomon is saying “You had many, many chances to straighten this manner out.  I called and called, but you resisted and refused.  
27     When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.


28     “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
(Proverbs 1:27–28)
        We need to understand the conclusion stated in verse 28 to be as a result of what was said before verse 27.  Solomon lays out that conclusion as a result of what was laid out pretty much through the entire chapter before.  As a result of what he has said, when real disaster comes, God will turn a deaf ear and virtually hide from them as they cry out.

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