Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Love. Faith. Believe. Simplicity.

These words are all over the place. In gift shops. In homes. In spas. In medical offices.

Just this morning I saw "Simplicity" in a gift shop at the Kananaskis Lodge. And then, interestingly, I opened my bible this afternoon and read Proverbs 1:22 (NKJV), "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge."

The context of this verse is the introduction to Proverbs, where King Solomon is pleading the case for Wisdom. He is reminding that

  • v.1 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge

  • v.20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares

  • v.33 whoever listens to me (Solomon/wisdom) will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil

In contrast, he gives "simplicity", or "naivete", as some versions say. The warning for those that stay in "simplicity" rather than pursuing "wisdom" is given in v.32: "For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them."

May we avoid the "simplicity" which the enemy of God is trying to entice us with, and may we seek Wisdom, because as Proverbs 2:4 says, "If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God."