Proverbs 14: King James Bible
The Gullible – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verse 15
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Gullible
The verse above illustrates an enormous problem that we can find all over the place. We can find it in the Church, in Politics, Media, Social Media, on and on. Someone says something, and instead of looking into a matter, people just run with it, having no handle on any facts of whatever the matter may be.
Using the Church as an example, if the pastor (or whatever a particular denomination decides to call the guy appointed to do the job of a pastor), preaches unbiblical messages, and ever so gently leads people either into sin, or away from the Father, wouldn’t it be the pastor’s fault for doing so?
As far as what I can see Biblically, the fault rests equally on the deceiver and also the deceived. We tend to always concentrate on pointing the finger to the preacher in err, and taking pity on the poor congregation being led astray. Why do we give a free pass to the willingly gullible?
But there are scriptures that do tell us to study and show ourselves approved, to learn of Jesus and his ways, and to search through the scriptures to see whether or not something being spoken about is so. I must’ve said the following at least twenty times throughout these pages here on the website.
Never take my word for anything, but weigh whatever I’m trying to convey against the scriptures. Without doing so, how would you know whether or not I’m twisting the scriptures, or simply just making things up? You’d have little to no idea if you weren’t well versed in scripture, or at least check it out per the Word.
One of the most revered and anointed Biblical teachers out there today is a man by the name of Dr. Chuck Missler. I’m sure most of you have heard of him. And one of the things that you’ll catch him saying quite often is,”If you simply just take my word for anything, you’ve failed.”
We are children of the Most High God, and it isn’t just a good thing to know what’s between the pages of our Bibles. It’s our responsibility, and even our duty as servants of the Lord, to know what he’s done, what he’s said, how he wants things, and how to do our part in his service.
The simple believe every word they hear, about whatever they’re interested in at the time. The Father would rather us be better equipped than the simple. If someone teaches something new to you, get in the Word and study to see whether or not the teacher is right.
Most false teachers, or false doctrines period, rely on people not checking them out, and feed off the gullible. The Father wants us well armed with his Word. Standing at the ready in the event of any resistance concerning it. Remember, the Lord watches over his Word, seeking to perform the things that he’s declared that he’d do.
Now if his Word means that much to him, what right do we have to be spiritually gullible, and willingly ignorant to what he’s said?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 11: King James Bible
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
John 5: King James Bible
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Acts 17: King James Bible
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Thank you for your Word, and for all that you’ve ever done, for us and for all. Help us Father, to prevent from being spiritually lazy, gullible toward any wind of doctrine, or to behave simply toward matters that you find important. Help us all to be upright, and stir a diligence within us to do all that you would have us to do in your honor and service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
In which category would you find yourself; the prudent or the gullible?