I remember when I was younger and I would see people reading the magazines with all of the half-truths or even some stories that made no sense at all. There were some people who would read them and believe everything. It was printed on paper so it has to be true they believed. Today things are much worse. Today we have social media. People can see a lot more information—and some believe everything they are told.
I cannot believe some of the things I see online. What is worse is when I see things that I can easily tell are false, get passed onward to others. Lies are shared so fast on Facebook. Even when people finally realize that it is not true, another wave of people sees it and passes it along because they did not get the memo. This proverb today says that “only simpletons believe everything they’re told.” Others will “carefully consider.” Others will look into things. Others will seek the Truth.
The simpletons can continue to believe and share the lies, but it doesn’t change the truth. The Truth is always the Truth. Today let us not fall into the category of the simpletons. Let us remember that God’s Truth is Truth. Let us “carefully consider (our) steps.” Let us seek out the Truth. Let us seek Him.
“Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.” – Proverbs 14:15 [NLT]
We like to know everything. When there’s an accident, we are rubberneckers because we want to know what happened. Perhaps we are concerned for the possible injuries, but we also want to know what happened. When something big happens in the news, we want to know what happens. Some of us find ourselves glued to the television set. We like to know how everything works, and because of great advancements in technology we are able to see our heart as it pumps blood, research our family history with online records, and even search for information for school reports with a click of a mouse.
But we cannot know everything. We don’t have all of the answers right at the moment. There are times in our life when God’s plan does not make sense to us. We all have had those moments when we don’t understand. We often ask God for understanding. We often ask God why. We often seek answers.
Today’s passage asks why we try to understand everything as we walk along the path God has directed us to take. If we trust the Lord, where He takes us should be fine with us. We do not need to understand every little thing. We simply need to trust Him. We walk in faith trusting in His great, perfect plan. As you trust more and stop trying to know every single thing, you find more peace in the simplicity. Some of the pieces may not seem to all fit together, but one day God will show you the finished work. What a beautiful picture that will be for us!
“The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” – Proverbs 20:24 [NLT]
In the grocery store check out, there is often a race to see which register to choose to get finished the fastest. In this rush rush world, people do not like to take the time to count out their cash to make a payment. It is so much faster to swipe a card. Companies have raised the limit required for a signature to make things go even faster.
There was a lady peering into each checkout lane as frequently done so as to select the lane which would most likely get her out of the store fastest. She came toward my lane because she did not see anything on the conveyor belt and assumed that she would be ready right away. Her quick glance missed that the man in front of her had not even had the opportunity to empty his cart. He had a large number of small cans of cat food in his cart. Her quick glance and rush to make a decision caused her to be in the lane that would take the longest.
From this story, we can be reminded the need to further examine before making decisions. We can also be reminded of the need to slow down in the first place. Why must we rush around so much? Today, take a moment to pause and take a deep breath.
“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” – Proverbs 19:2 [NLT]
Working in the medical field for ten years, I often heard the term “consul.” Short for consultation, it simply meant that a person needed to see a doctor for an examination to make any further care decisions, many times from a specialist. Now in Joshua 9, the people were visited by the Gibeonites who were very deceptive. Gibeon had heard what the Lord had done for the Israelites and decided to make it appear as if they traveled from a far off land.
Their deception worked. The Israelites looked at what the Gibeonites had—old looking wine skins and moldy stale bread. It appeared that they did travel from a great distance. “They examined… but they DID NOT CONSULT THE LORD.” That was a big problem. We should examine. We should use the minds that God has given us. But first, ALWAYS FIRST, we need to consult God. Consulting Him will always be more important than anything we can come to understand on our own.
Don’t neglect your consul. Consult the Lord. Examining things alone is not enough. In a day when we have a world full of Gibeonites trying to deceive us, to make up their own truth, it is vital that we contact the One who can point us to the God’s Truth – the Absolute Truth.
“So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the LORD.”– Joshua 9:14 [NLT]