27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
Wisdom is cultivated through seasons of obedience and reflection, the way we deal with the small challenges of life prepares us to face the large ones. Wisdom’s warning may seem cruel, but it is a blessing to those who take heed. Character is as slow to develop as physical strength; those who allow themselves to atrophy are easily overwhelmed. In the midst of a crisis it is too late to start at the beginning, those who have long since detoured from wisdom cannot simply find their way back.
“You have to already know God, and be in a relationship with him before the storm arrives, otherwise the crisis leaves no room to develop the kind of confidence in God and his character that will see you through. He’s not a bellman who comes when you ring for him, but your loving creator, who wants you to make him the center of your life, so when the fringes start to crumble, the center will hold. If God isn’t the thing you want most, if there is something else, when that thing is threatened, you will go to pieces.