(Proverbs 9:4 KJV) Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
Are you “simple” (naive NASB) (6612a)? Let’s face it. Most of us consider being naive a sign of immaturity. Sometimes the Bible would go with that. But here there is a different slant that we need to consider. Here it is saying the danger is not in being naive but in denying that you are naive. If you don’t admit that you need gas and keep living in denial, you will run out and possibly be stranded. If you do not admit that you are spending too much you will eventually reach bankruptcy.
The prescription for naivety is not denial but wisdom. God is saying, “Come in here.” He is offering to provide a solution. But first we need to admit the need. If someone yells, “Hey, handsome” I either ignore it or look around to see who they are talking to. If they say, “Hey, old man” I answer “Yes.”
So. So we always need to start with acknowledging our need. This applies whether the need is wisdom or forgiveness.