Simple or Simple?
Should we live in simplicity? A question asked by both believers and non-believers. A subject rarely mentioned in our high life society today, but is it truly bad to live simply? The Bible mentions two types of simplicity, with one being a simple type of living, while the other being a simple-minded way of thinking. We will examine the two types of simplicities and bring about a better understanding of which one is the way God wants us to live.
“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.” Proverbs 14:18
The simple that is mentioned in the passage above is speaking, not of a simple way of living, but instead a simple frame of mind. Today we see this type of thought pattern more so than ever before, as many people live crazy life styles, but they have limited knowledge about anything and do not care to obtain any. You see this most prevalent in reality TV shows and in most of the sit coms that are broadcasted worldwide and that influence the majority of the world’s population. Take a look at what most people would rather watch today, Jersey shore or the Universe show? Jersey Shore would ultimately and sadly win this battle. This simple frame of mind is cast down in the Bible several times in both the New and Old Testaments. Solomon was very pronounced on his view of simple-minded people and how only folly and ignorance follow them. According to God’s Word we should be seeking knowledge, wisdom and understanding of both His truths and the universe in which He created. Next time you turn your TV on make sure to look for knowledge, try and learn something new that will help you better understand God and His ways. Perhaps even read a book instead by starting with the Bible and search for His truths and His wisdom that you can put forth into your life. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7.
“The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.” Psalms 116:6
The next simple to look at is the simple way of living as mentioned in Psalms 116. According to the Bible, we should live a simple life in which we do not flaunt money around and try to make big commotion as the world does. We should seek to do good for God and others and also do big things, but not the way the world does in which we own seven cars and a house that could house twenty people (unless you actually have twenty people living with you). We should focus our energy in knowing God and His will for our life, as well as seeking knowledge of Him and His creation. Living a simple life, but doing great things for the Lord is living a truly godly life. We should Care for others more than ourselves and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and knowing what to do with money when we have it. When we earn or are given money, we should still ourselves before God and ask Him if we should use it, or is there need elsewhere that He may want us to use it and allow Him to guide us to whoever and wherever He wants the money to go. Living a humble and simple life is pleasing to the Lord and is ultimately more satisfying and fulfilling than the rich and famous that seem to have it all, but do not have the most important thing in life; life itself, God. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10.
We have now examined both types of simplicities and now have a greater understanding of which is pleasing to the Lord. The most fulfilling thing in life should not be the riches we obtain or the career we have, but instead the most fulfilling and joyous entity should be the Lord Himself. We should find joy in walking with Him each day, having that knowing that we are His child and that He will exalt us in due time according to His will. May God bless you richly. “The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.” Psalms 37:18.
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