A Simple Man Believes Anything

15 A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

I truly mean no insult by the following blog, so I hope it comes across well.  I know what you are thinking, “If Steve started his blog with that sentence he’s about to say something stupid.”  You may be right!  With all the Facebook virus’ going around, the above passage got me thinking.  This is directed at no one in particular… multiple people I know fell victim to the same virus over the last week, so no one take this personally.  When I receive an email that says “It was so easy to catch you naked, check out these pics of your ***” I stop and think for a split second, have I been naked in public recently? It only takes only takes me a second to say no and realize that the message was spam.  If you have to think about it for more than a moment than most likely a computer virus is the least of your worries.

About two months ago my wife and I started looking for a new place to live.  We tried all the usual realty websites and rental companies.  I resorted to trying craigslist.  One seemed too good to be true, but I emailed them anyway.  I quickly got a response about a blind and deaf man in a Hawaiian hospital looking for someone to take care of his Wellington home.  He asked for $700 a month and he wanted the first 4 months up front.  I immediately replied.  It was a Sunday morning right before church and a righteous anger welled up inside of me.  I told him that he had some kind of nerve trying to scam me on my God’s day.  I told him I’d pray that his finances dried up until he found God.

On my way to church asked my wife, “What kind of an idiot would fall for that?”  The next month we found out.  No less than 14 people had fallen victim to this man before he was caught.   For those of you more mathematically impaired, that’s $39,200!  The Bible tells us that “A simple man believes anything”.  I keep talking about wisdom this month because we are spending time in Proverbs.  What better time to discuss wisdom?

Pray that God will give you wisdom that you would be a prudent man who gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 14

1 The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD,
but he whose ways are devious despises him.

3 A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back,
but the lips of the wise protect them.

4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

5 A truthful witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies.

6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

7 Stay away from a foolish man,
for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception.

9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
but goodwill is found among the upright.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.

13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and joy may end in grief.

14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
and the good man rewarded for his.

15 A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things,
and a crafty man is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins,
but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.

22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
But those who plan what is good find  love and faithfulness.

23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
but the folly of fools yields folly.

25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is deceitful.

26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress,
and for his children it will be a refuge.

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.

28 A large population is a king’s glory,
but without subjects a prince is ruined.

29 A patient man has great understanding,
but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
but even in death the righteous have a refuge.

33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning
and even among fools she lets herself be known.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king delights in a wise servant,
but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.



One Comment Add yours

  1. Dan says:

    I for one fell victim to this “virus”. The only thing I can say is that not every message said the same thing. In fact many seemed innocent. After speaking to a few people they told me that they had done the same thing I did but did not get the virus. I tols many people that I fell for this scam and I do feel stupid for doing it. I never open e-mails that have files from someone I don’t know, in this case I knew the person. The other thing is at 51 I am not as computer savy as younger generations about computers. In fact after being on computers for over 10 years this is the 2nd virus I downloaded. The first was back in the mid 90’s and it was from a place that as a Christian I shouldn’t have been venturing. Which brings me say that as of recently I’ve had the urge to start a blog about addictions involving people that are Christians. Yes, I do believe that there are sincere Christians that struggle with addictions on a daily basis, but there are also those that belong in the luke warm group. Who knows in time this type of blog may start. Let’s just keep in mind that there are some that did not have bad intentions that did get this virus.

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