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August 1

Proverbs 13; Acts 27:27-44

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. [Prov. 14:15].

The viewpoint of the world is that the Christian is a person who has a low I. Q., is very naïve, and will believe everything that is said to him. The real child of God—and the only kind of child of God is a real one—is not simple in that sense. He doesn't believe anything and everything.

Have you ever noticed that the disciples were constantly questioning the Lord? The man we call "doubting Thomas" was constantly raising questions. Simon Peter asked many questions: "Lord, where are You going? Why can't I follow You?" Philip, the quiet one, asked Him, "Show us the Father. That's all we need." Judas (not Iscariot) asked, "How is it You will show us these things and not show them to the world?" These fellows were always raising questions.

If you are a child of God, you will not be gullible. You're not going to swallow everything you hear. Faith is not a leap in the dark. Faith is not betting your life on something. Nor is it the little girl's definition, "Faith is believing what you know ain't so." My friend, faith rests upon a solid foundation, God says if it is not on a solid foundation, don't believe it. "The simple believeth every word." The prudent man, the wise man, tests what he hears. …Oh, my friend, don't believe everything you hear. Test it by the Word of God.

(J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee)

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