Monday, 7th August 2023: Stay alert: Don’t be naive!

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Reflections: The author of Proverbs advises us to stop being simple and start being prudent. In this context, ‘simple’ refers to a naive person lacking judgment. Such individuals take things for granted, believe anything they are told, and do not think critically about issues or read between the lines. A prime example of this behavior can be seen in the story of Sampson and Delilah, which led to the end of his ministry (Judges 16). Delilah tricked Sampson three times into revealing the source of his supernatural strength under the guise of love. Despite being attacked by Philistine soldiers on the first two occasions, Sampson survived because he lied about the source of his power. However, he failed to recognize the warning signs and exhibited his naivety by revealing the truth to Delilah on her third attempt. This proved his downfall, as he lost his strength, and the Philistine soldiers captured him. Stay alert, and don’t be naive in life!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me avoid a life of naivety
Confession: I am alert. I am not naive.