Book: Proverbs 1
“These proverbs will give insight to the simple knowledge and discernment to the young.”
I remember being in a discussion with a man who started to use the excuse that he was just a simple man and therefore did not know any better for his actions. It seemed strange to me at the time to hear a person say that and I am not sure if they really knew what they were saying.
The word used here as simple, means being easily open to good and evil and not having discretion to rules themselves. They are easily seduced and deceived.
God the Father, invites those that are simple to become wise by listening, receiving, and learning from Him. He does not want anyone to go down the path of deception and foolishness. Therefore, He has given his Word – the Bible, He has given us His Son – Jesus, and He has given us the Holy Spirit. He wants the simple to become wise!
Jesus had been invited to a dinner at Matthew’s house and the Pharisees could not understand why He would meet with such people – the simple. He answered this way, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13). This passage of scripture Jesus quotes is from Hosea 8:8 “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” The more a person gets to know God, His heart beat, His passion, His love for His creation, and allows Him to guide their life, the wiser they become.
Jesus worked with His disciples, teaching and training them and then sent them out saying , “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). He did not want them to rely on themselves or their own simple ways but trust Him. When the disciples returned and said to Him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17) Jesus brought them right back to rejoicing that their names are registered in heaven – They are followers of Jesus.
Continue to rely on, learn from and obey God as this is His desire. He has so much to give you so that you will not be deceived but will be able to discern what is right and wrong. His Wisdom is exactly what you need every time and all the time!