It was a beautiful spring day outside and so I left the front door open to allow the breeze blow in. My office is next to the door. Suddenly, the door closed. I quickly stepped to it and reopened wondering what had happened since there was new gush of wind that might have shut it. Walking away from our house was a teenage boy who lived across the street.
“Did you need something?” I yelled to him. “No, I just thought the door was left open and nobody was home,” he responded. Grateful for his thoughtfulness, I hollered back a thank you.
Why do we have doors on our homes? Is it to keep the breeze out? Maybe. Is it to keep the air condition in? It does that too. But, maybe it is for our protection and a sound mind. Maybe we desire to keep out intruders.
The writer of Psalm 119 had this sort of idea in mind when the Lord inspired this: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
This is a text about the Scripture, the Word of God. It is said to give light and to impart understanding to the simple. Here in the Hebrew, the word “simple” means seducible. The word comes from the idea of having an open door.
In our society, we are told that it is noble to have an open mind and fully tolerant—even of nonsense and especially of things opposing God’s truth. It is the height of many to stand for nothing firm, but to be open to all beliefs. But the Scripture imparts understanding to the open minded. Why? In order that the simple might know when to shut the door.
The simple minded person needs the truth of God because he is open to any and everything. He needs to know when to open and close the door. He needs to know when he should allow truth and when he should forbid lies.
Leaving the front door open allows anyone to enter.
Think of this next time you open your door. Do you close the door to your home in order to prevent intruders from entering and wrecking your home? How much more should you close the door to your mind in order to prevent intruders from wrecking your life?
Don’t be simple. Close the door.