“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” ( Mathew 10:16).
Naïveté is used to describe one who takes an action generally considered as in lacking good judgment. When a child jumps into a pool without any idea of how to swim, to his certain folly, if he is rescued in good time, that can be excused as adventurous of the child. But if it was an adult then such an action might be labeled as “being naive” to be polite, though some may even write it off as “being stupid”- particularly if it ends in fatality!
Believers in Christ can have a challenge distinguishing between “being naive” and “acting with faith”! The Bible has innumerable heroic instances which at first glance border on naïveté but were of faith. When Daniel walks into a den of lion looking up to God to rescue him that might be considered as naive of him and his comrades. But then that ended up with his faith being rewarded!
Now would that mean Believers in Christ should walk into enemy territory fire with open arms- after all they have faith! Far from it God would expect any of us to take sensible precautions. When Moses ventured into enemy territory he was instructed by God to first send out spies to scout the land before deciding on an attack strategy. “The Lord said to Moses, “Send men to explore Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of their ancestors’ tribes” ( Numbers 13:1-2).
There is a lesson for us here. In dealing with the world we must learn to distinguish between “naïveté” and “acting with faith”! For example, if you are in a job situation and are unfairly attacked it would be naive of you to ignore warnings that might further give ammunitions to your nemesis. If the Boss expects you to report to duty on time do not be naive by slackening because you have faith in God. That is as good as walking into fire with raised hands.
Have faith and use it well, without being naive!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I deal with the world and the cunningness of its master the devil, I pray for wisdom and discernment, to distinguish between faith and naïveté, so as to glorify you with victory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!