Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Prudent or Simple – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse 3
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Prudent or Simple
There is only one instance where we as children of the Lord are called to be simple, and that’s as it relates to evil. Those are weeds that the Lord would rather us not get ourselves tangled with.
Aside from that, he wants us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. To move about wisely, making good decisions, and prayerfully gaining in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all things of him.
When we are spiritually in tune with the way the Lord wants things done via his Word, by default we can notice the things that he doesn’t want, or are better poised to recognize the things of the enemy that come into view.
Above, the scripture describes what the prudent person’s response would be, once recognizing evil up ahead. Someone prudent with what they’ve gained from the Lord, as it would relate to his Word and the wisdom made available through it, has the ability to foresee it coming.
We learn these things by the Word of the Lord, and staying awake to the realities involved. When we see evil coming our way, we can maneuver in a manner that will cause for us to avoid it, as someone running a race might jump over a hurdle, rather than plowing right into it.
The prudent hides himself from evil. We stay sheltered by the Lord, and by the understanding of his Word. As we’ve discussed several times, there are things that we can not avoid, and must go through. But there are a host of things that we wind up putting ourselves through unnecessarily, by being what the verse above calls simple.
When we’re simple with the Word of God, we’re unaware of the difference between what is good or evil, because we don’t know what the Father has established. The simple trudges right along, not noticing what they are about to get themselves into.
Being opposite to the runner in up above, they are running down the track with their eyes closed, unable to notice the hurdles that they are running toward. After slamming into the hurdles at top speed and winding up all tangled up on the track, they wonder why these things always happen to them.
If only those who are simple would decide to open their eyes. After all, that’s the starting point that all of us who are saved launched from, the moment that we opened our eyes to understand that we need Jesus.
He picks us up from where he found us, and sets our feet on the path of life. But if we don’t continue down that track with our eyes open, we’ll not even know it when we wind up a mile away from the race.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Romans 16: King James Bible
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
1 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Thank you for your Word, your instruction, your patience, wisdom, understanding and insight. Help us to always have the right passages of your Word on the front burner, any time it is either necessary or prudent for it to make a difference in our course. Please stir up your Word in our spirit for all seasons, so that we are as the prudent person, not the simple. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Which do you find yourself, prudent or simple, as it would relate to how you utilize the Word of God in your life?
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