This week’s, “Wednesday in the Word”, moment was written by my mother several years ago. It is a timely reminder of the importance of being prudent and how we can apply prudence to our everyday conversations, relationships, and choices. I hope you will be as blessed as I was by reading this. Make sure you take the time to look up the verses shared and ponder their Truth.
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood
“Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.”
You’ve heard the saying “think before you act” or “look before you leap”; this Proverbs is telling us just that; but it says one more thing, it says fools don’t do either, in fact, they brag about their foolishness.
A wise/prudent person is cautious in decision making. You won’t see them “flying off the handle” in a reply to something that needs discernment. They won’t make rash decisions or brag about those decisions; instead, they will be discreet and act deliberately and with reserve when they make their decision (Ephesians 5:17).
A prudent person also weighs the facts, they don’t take sides or make deals without giving consideration to the options; they are careful to look at all the angles, pray, wait and trust the LORD for their decision making (Psalms 112:5).
We can look to historical events that have proven foolish decisions that were made in haste; decisions that impacted lives; decisions that are laid open to discussion and criticism by others (Ecclesiastes 10:3). When decisions are made without council and without consideration of God’s Word; they are as though a job is left half finished and it becomes a thorn in the flesh of those who live with the consequences.
Every action has a reaction, every deed is noticed; how do we respond? Do we use the knowledge given to us by God’s Word or do we answer from the hollowness of our flesh? Remember, wise words reap many benefits (see Proverbs 12:14).
Prayer: Father, let our mouths speak wisdom and our tongues talk of righteous judgment. Apply your law to our hearts so that we do not stumble in making decisions. Help us to be wise and seek your council; use your Word to direct our minds when decisions need to be made. LORD, you desire truth in the inward parts of man and we ask that you make wisdom known to us through truth. LORD, clean our hearts and our minds so that we are clear in thought and deed to make wise decisions. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.