(Proverbs 9:4 KJV) Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
In the last post we looked at the “simple" (naive NASB) (6612a). Here wisdom is calling to the “simple" (naive NASB) (6612a). In other places adulteresses are calling. It continues to appear that we have a choice in the direction of our lives. We can respond to God’s call.
It is our responsibility to “turn” (5493) and we get to choose where. Although this word is not translated “repent” in the KJV or NASB, it has one of the aspects of repentance: The idea of changing direction.
Even the naive knows he “wanteth" (lacks NASB) (2638) something. This is the kind of attitude that God can work with. Yesterday in my reading I walked in the shadows of Solomon, John Wesley and C.S. Lewis. (It is still summer so I have more time.) It was a humbling experience. As I learn and grow I also am aware of how lacking I am. It is good for us. It puts us where God can do something with us. It makes us willing to listen.
Think of your inadequacies. Are you naive? Are you a sluggard? What do you lack? No one knows as well as you, except for God, of course. He is waiting for you to turn in. Give Him a daily chance to work on you.
This would seem to have a parallel with the statement of Jesus to come to him all who are heavy laden. This reinforces the idea that God is seeking us out.