Pr. 9:4: Wisdom cries, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
Wisdom has been prepared for us. Pr. 9 tells of the preparations that have gone into the instructions that are available to us from wisdom.
I read Psalm 143 this morning, which is entitled: An earnest appeal for guidance and deliverance. In this Psalm, David is crying out to the Lord for wisdom, understanding, and guidance. Here is a snippet of that Psalm:
My heart within me is distressed. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! …cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. …teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
If our hearts become distressed, when darkness looms around us, or as sin seeks to lure us, we must not allow ourselves to feel ‘simple.’ A simple person is defined as ignorant, foolish, or gullible. We who trust in the Lord are not simple. Yet, Satan would have us believe that we are. He puts thoughts into our minds that confuse us and bring us low.
Satan wants us to believe gullible things such as, “It’s harmless,” “It’s not That big a deal,” “It only affects me,” “I will never get past this.” He wants us to believe foolish things like, “I have to take care of this myself,” “I just need to man up,” “God has more to do than worry about this.” Ignorant thoughts he feeds us sound something like, “There is no way out of this,” “God could never forgive something like this,” “If I’ve sinned, there is no hope of stopping,” “It’s too late to turn back now,” “My life will never get any better.”
We must not give in to satan and his lies. He is the father of lies. He wants nothing more than to destroy our souls. We are Not simple. We have the truth available to us through the Word of God. His Word reminds us of the days of old, the works God has done, and the works of His hands.
If His Word is not getting through, we also have something else even more wonderful: access to the Holy of Holies. We have been personally invited by the Lord to boldly approach His throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need, just as David did.
When ‘simple’ thoughts begin to creep into our minds, we must turn toward the throne. We have a Lord whose wisdom is perpetually available to us. He has not left us. He will never forsake us. He is with us always. We simply need to turn to Him. He is waiting with everything we need.
Seeking His guidance,