Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Prudent-Prov.27.12

Prov. 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

I continue to think about the truth of a prudent man and woman.
It means…acting with or showing care and thought for the future; foreseeing or attending to.
It is a contraction of the word “provident”…making or indicative of timely preparation for the future.
Provident comes from “providere or to provide”
I believe I must give more attention to the future…not only in this life but also to the life to come.
I am very challenged and inspired by this word and truth. This word is found 10+ times in the Scriptures.
1. Prov. 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
• I love these words and qualities. The proverbs were written to give me…wisdom, discipline, understanding, prudence, knowledge, discretion, learning and guidance. Who would not want that? Only a fool.
2. Prov. 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
• I love the idea of being so “Spirit controlled/self controlled”, that I can overlook an insult. A fool shows his annoyance at once…do I? Am I a man who is patient and longsuffering? Will I show my annoyance or over look the insult?
3. Prov. 12:23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
• This one intrigues me. It speaks of holding a confidence. Keeping someone’s secrets to himself versus blurting out. I want to be a man who can keep knowledge to myself and not blurt out anything.
4. Prov. 13:16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.
• I want to be a man who acts out of knowledge instead of foolishness. Gain and store up knowledge so that I may be able to act this way in the moment.
5. Prov. 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
• Give thought to my ways…do not keep going and suffer for it. What ways do I need to give thought to?
• Do not be a deceptive man. No deception in any area of my life. Live in the light of God and the truth.
6. Prov. 14:15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
• Do not believe any thing and every thing. Listen, ask for wisdom, get wise counsel and give thought to my steps.
• I love the idea of giving thought to my ways and to my steps.
7. Prov. 14:18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
• I love this idea of being crowned with knowledge. I want to know the Lord and then be filled with the knowledge of His Word and His ways.
8. Prov. 19:14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
• Thank you Jesus for a prudent wife and all the blessing she has brought from you into my life. I am a blessed man because of Debbie.
9. Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
• I love this idea of knowing when to be quiet and knowing when to speak.
This is such good information and truth. To think about and be a prudent man. Lord, I want more of this in my life. I want to grow in my prudence, understanding, discipline and knowledge. I look to You.

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