I was sitting at the church dinner. Many families join us each year for a Thanksgiving meal at our church. This one was no different. Fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandchildren all enjoying a meal together. As we were coming to a close I looked across the row to see a little grandchild sitting on his granddad’s lap. He had milk dribbling down his chin; his grandfather wiping it off for him. This little one, however, wasn’t worried about the milk or any of the troubles of the world. He was ignorant of anything wrong in the world. He was content and happy just to be in his grandfather’s arms.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to be ignorant of the wrong in the world. We are to know it’s there and to be prepared. A glance at Ephesians 6 and the armor of God would tip us off rather quickly. But it does tell us to be innocent of what is sinful.

Romans 16:19 says this, “Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”

God’s desire is for us to obey Him. We should be fully knowledgeable and participatory in the things that are good and obedient to God’s Word. On the other hand, we should be non-participatory and completely innocent of those things that go against God’s Word. Romans 16:17 tells us “to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.”

Yet, how often we are deceived. Their ‘smooth talk and flattery’ draw us in. Like Adam and Eve we are convinced this sin isn’t that bad. We are certain this advice isn’t that much different from God’s Word. But there is no need to look to the sins of the world for satisfaction when God gives us all we need. God, instead, wants us to be like that child in his grandfather’s arms — trusting Him to care for us without fail.

“The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:13 NLT)