Easily Fooled

Here is another observation about blindness in our lives. In Hosea 7: 11 – 16 God says,

Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless— now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria . . .  I trained them and strengthened them, but they plot evil against me. They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.

God described His people as “a dove, easily deceived and senseless.” In Hebrew wisdom literature, a dove was symbolic of peace, but also symbolic of naiveté. The Hebrew people got this idea from the practical fact that doves were quite easily lured into snares. In the same way, Israel had become easily snared by deals with surrounding nations that were very bad deals. Israel was quite simply “a faulty bow.” They thought their aim was accurate, but  in reality they couldn’t hit the side of barn at point-blank range. God told His people, “The further you distance yourself from Me, the more senseless and easily duped you have become. You think you’re smarter and more protected from harm than ever, but you’re blind to the fact that you are dumber and more susceptible to trickery and harm than you’ve ever been!”

We’ve been indoctrinated to believe we actually possess all the information we need to confirm or deny truth, goodness, and wisdom. It’s a bit offensive to us to think we need anyone informing us about anything. It’s even more offensive to think that the more we go it on our own the more susceptible we become to being played for a fool. But the fact is, our flight from God increasingly turns us into fools at the very same time we think we’re getting smarter. The more dependent we are on God. the smarter we get. The more independent we are from God, the dumber we get. How smart are you today?

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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