The Doorpost: Don't be simple

by Ray King  ·  Aug 25, 2022

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.    
Proverbs 22:3, 27:12

Simple. That’s the word the Bible uses to describe those who think they can avoid danger by ignoring it. Ignoring danger is not a sign of faith. God thought this verse was important enough to say exactly the same words in two places.

We should not live in fear of danger. We should fear only God. But when there is danger, we should be prudent and take evasive action. 

Today we are being warned by those on many sides of the divisions in our culture of present and looming dangers threatening us. Some may want to use the threat of these dangers for financial gain or to advance their own control and power. We need to be prudent in responding to these threats.    

Jesus has provided for us as His Body working together with all the resources to meet our own needs and the needs of others (2 Corinthians 9:8). We need to pray and prepare to protect ourselves and others from the dangers facing us.

Identifying danger and preparing for it in faith is prudent. The simple go on with life ignoring danger and end up suffering for it.  

Ray King is editor emeritus of the Samaritan Ministries newsletter.