Pro 1:22 (KJV) How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? …
Still looking at some dimensions of the matchless and manifold Wisdom of God, let’s go a bit further today as we examine the definition of what the preacher referred to as being ‘simple’ in the book of Proverbs, especially as compared with the ‘simplicity’ the Apostle Paul exhorts that true Christians should preserve in 2Cor.11:3.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2Co 11:3 (KJV)
Summarily, the task before us is to differentiate between being ‘simple-minded’ and being ‘simple-hearted’ -both of which terms I picked from my study on this very subject from the works of the late Selwyn Hughes in my early days as a born again Christian.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Pro 14:15 (KJV)
According to World English Dictionary, ‘simple-hearted’ means to be free from deceit; open; frank; sincere.
‘Simple-minded’, on the other hand means to be lacking in mental acuteness or sense; or to be mentally deficient (*1); lacking insight; dim-witted: lacking mental capacity and subtlety (*2)
It is the same thing as being stupid, foolish, slow, dull-witted, and half-witted (*1)
The Lord protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, He saved me” Psa 116:6 (ISV)
Obviously, the Lord wants us to preserve simplicity in heart- an aspect of the simplicity in Christ.
However, He wants us to grow out of simple-mindedness, i.e. out of stupidity, naivety, childishness. He’d rather have us mature in understanding.
Simple-mindedness exposes men to all kinds of maladies; for example:
1. Avoidable and needless pains and dangers. (Pro 22:3 (KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.)
2. Shame and ridicule (Pro 9:13 (KJV) A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.) and
3. Untimely death (Pro 1:32 (KJV) for the turning away of the simple shall slay them), ….to mention but a few.
The antidote to simple mindedness is a healthy dose of God’s matchless Wisdom; for God has not given us the spirit of timidity; but of power, love and of a sound mind!
Would you like to outgrow folly, stupidity, childishness, immaturity, gullibility? Again if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask God.
Lord, truly, Your word is deep, Your word is light. Your counsel is the difference between living and existing and following them means Eternal life which is the highest quality of life.
Please grant dear Lord that I be endowed with Wisdom and soundness of mind from above in Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015