Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Valiant! Like David: Simplicity
Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Psalm 131:1-2 (NKJV)
King David was not simple-minded, but he chose to be simple-hearted. He embraced simplicity: 'directness of expression, freedom from pretense or guile' (Merriam-Webster Dictionary); 'freedom from complexity' (Random House Dictionary).
A great mind is a gift. A great heart is a bigger gift. When both are yielded to God, He unwraps them to change the world. The bearer of these gifts becomes a walking testimony to the power of the Living God.
A great mind is like a computer. When it stays connected to its Programmer, it remains bug-free and runs brilliantly. Working with it is a delight. Its capacity increases as needed. No problem is beyond its ability to solve.
But when the computer of the mind is separated from its Programmer, when the user refuses His offer of help, bugs run wild. Pictures jump on our screens we'd rather not see. Nothing is easy, and we hurry from one urgency to the next. Working alone, we stay tired.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ' (2 Corinthians 11:3). I know you're smart. But don't trip over your own mind. God never intended us to understand everything.
'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:9). 'For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God' (1 Corinthians 3:19). 'This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic' (James 3:15).
If we knew everything, we wouldn't need faith. But faith is the invitation our Programmer never refuses. Our voluntary simplicity invites His perfect complexity--providing results far bigger than any PC could compute.
So stay simple--on purpose. David did, and look where it got him: stardom.
## Valiant Like David: Simplicity (Part 3)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, Valiant Like David. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.