Proverbs is full of practical insight and divine wisdom that can be used to better one’s life. On the practical side, it teaches us how to sustain and repair relationships; as well as things like work ethic and prosperity. In relation to divine wisdom, we can learn about love, the majesty of God and the benefits of being a believer versus a nonbeliever. When learning about unbelievers, we often find ourselves learning about how difficult it is for evil people to understand God and His justice.
Proverbs 28:5 (ESV): Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
There are multiple reasons why evil people are ineffective when it comes to understanding and obeying God. The Bible speaks on the hardening of the heart that takes place when one lives a life of willful sin. This hardening of the heart makes it difficult for someone to believe the truth, even when the truth is the only available option. Liken it to the Pharaoh when Moses and Aaron told him God wanted him to let His people go (Exodus 9:1). To the average person, we probably find it hard to comprehend why anyone would continue to disobey the will of God when His justice is so absolute. For someone to need ten plagues and the destruction of most of his army to understand God’s justice, it only confirms the difficulty evil people encounter.
Psalms 25:14 (NIV): The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Believers are able to understand God’s justice because they seek to understand Him and God rewards their diligence. 1 Corinthians 2:11 says; “no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God”. It is the Holy Spirit of God that inspired the creation of the Bible by the hands of men. Without the Bible we would not know or understand nearly as much as we do. Jesus Christ told His disciples that the Spirit of Truth will guide them into all the truth, “for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13). Unfortunately, evil people who willfully sin will begin to lose their ability to discern right and wrong. They will lose their ability to see the light and understand the truth. As Isaiah said, God will give them over to their evil desires by blinding their eyes and hardening their hearts (Isaiah 44:18). Let us be diligent in our studies to make sure we understand God and His will.