Simple or Wise?

Simple or wise?

The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Proverbs 14:15

When you think about it, the Bible does not say “a highly educated man believeth every word” or “a man with little education believeth every word.” The Bible talks about a person who is simple.

Simple people seem to enjoy believing juicy morsels of gossip without ever verifying that the information is correct. If George says something about Mary, simple people believe the information about Mary—and without ever speaking with Mary.

When simple people read, they believe sensational headlines as much as they believe a well-researched book. They just believe everything that comes across their path, and they don’t bother to double check.

Actually, simple people seem to love being foolishly simple.

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22

The children’s song “Oh, Be Careful” teaches simple people what they ought to do.

Oh, be careful little ear what you hear,

Oh, be careful little ear what you hear,

For the Father up above is looking down in love,

So be careful little ear what you hear.

A well-placed piece of gossip causes turmoil and hurt. Simple people delight in participating in such verbal assaults, but wise people realize the danger of unfounded accusations.

The first response of a simple person is, “Oh, wow! I’m glad to know this gossip is true.” The first response of a prudent person is, “Oh, my. I need to verify this before I choose to believe it.”

Simple or wise? Oh, be careful!

by Dr. Mike Zachary


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