Jesus had his own way of saying, “… a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” He said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15, 13;43; Luke 8:8) Saying, “A simple man believes anything…” is not meant to be a retort to others. Rather, I can take it as God’s challenge to me to investigate to determine the validity of his words.
Several ways exist to determine the validity of Jesus’ words. One way is to put them into practice. (Matthew 7:24-27) This is not as easy as it appears. Considering all the proverbs I have thought about so far in BDBD, I find them true but I wonder if I have really put them into practice.
A saying goes, “I know in my head, but do I believe in my heart?” If I do what Jesus’ says I will come to believe in what he says in my heart. The way from the head to the heart is putting Jesus’ words into practice. “Consider carefully how you listen,” Jesus tells me. “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:18)