People seem to think that they can respond to God whenever they feel like it, but scripture points to an opposite reality. Proverbs 1:28 says, “Then they will call on me and I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but they will not find me.”
This Proverb portrays wisdom as saying that those who rejected her advice when she offered it will pay the consequences, and “then they will call on me and I will not answer.” In other words, they will see that they should have sought her, but didn’t — and now it is too late!
Notice in the parallel phrase in the second part of the verse it even says “they will seek me DILIGENTLY — but they will not find me.”
In other words, there are times when a person has missed their opportunity to get the help they might have wanted. When that time has passed, even if they seek it “diligently” they won’t get it. This is a sobering word. And there is support for it in other places in scripture as well:
— when the door of Noah’s ark was closed, it was too late for anyone to call for help from the flood.
— Hebrews 12:17 tells us there was “no place found for repentance” for Esau once he had given away his inheritance “though he sought for it with tears.”
The takeaway for us today is this: “Seek The Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near”, as Isaiah 55:6 says. “NOW is the acceptable time; TODAY is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2) If God is calling to you, and giving you an opportunity to seek Him, whether it is for personal salvation, or regarding a specific area of your life, do not toy around with it and think that you can respond whenever you wish. You can’t. Respond to Him NOW, for as Proverbs 1:28 shows us, there comes a time when “they will call on me and I will not answer.”