Fools believe every word they hear, but wise people think carefully about everything. – (Proverbs 14:15, ERV)
The gullible believe anything they are told, but clever people know to question every step. – (Proverbs 14:15, VOICE)
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. – (Proverbs 14:15, NLT)
As an educator, I have had to teach middle schoolers to question their sources of information for years. With access to so much at their fingertips, it is imperative that they learn to identify what sort of source is credible, and that which is not. The same holds true in our own lives. What we once trusted as reliable, now has the capacity to be called into question. However, there is one Source that has not, does not, and will not change. No matter what is going on in the world around is, our anchor of truth is found in Christ. When we place our trust and hope in Him, He grants us clarity and wisdom that weighs what is going on in the world, next to the truth of His word. May we listen cautiously to what is being spoken, and carefully consider each step, based on the truth of God’s word, and the voice of His Spirit to our hearts.
Do not lack wisdom,
Nor choose play the fool;
Instead, opt listen,
Weigh against God’s rule.
The wisest choose think,
Questioning each step,
Seek God on all things.
Don’t believe all words,
Spoken that we hear;
Consider what’s said,
And to God, draw near.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us warning to not believe every word we hear, but rather to weigh what is spoken carefully. Thank You that we are not left to our own devices to simply figure it out, but rather You are beside us, willing to speak truth to our hearts and help us to know the truth. Forgive us for not weighing words that are spoken, or for being quick to believe whatever we hear. Teach us to trust and rely on You first, rather than whatever source of information spews stories our direction. Show us how to filter everything through Your lens. Help us to love others as You so completely and lavishly love each of us. Be glorified O God, as we weigh the words spoken into our lives, and likewise choose our own words well. Amen.
I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power. – Daniel 2:23