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08/10/2023 - 09/10/2023 All day

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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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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