We live in a “politically correct” society. Each day brings new challenges and attacks on our faith, beliefs, values, families, churches, and … the list actually seems endless. What was once the source of strength, hope, courage, encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, guidance and the guardian of our lives - God’s Holy Word - has now become irrelevant, ridiculed constantly, under attack by those who are godless, and has been replaced by humanism.
Listen, however, to the wise insight of Solomon: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” There is a very important distinction between “the prudent” and “the simple.” The “simple” are those who are “open-minded” to whatever is popular at the moment. They have no standards or criteria to distinguish between right and wrong. If it is in fashion or fashionable, popular or predominate in the lives of celebrities or politicians, the “simple” fall in line and become believers, then leaders and followers in the revolt to take God from His rightful place in His world.
But “the prudent” are different. They are filled with insight and good judgment. They wisely view all alternatives before making a decision. They are careful and cautious and use good, God-centered wisdom in all decisions. In this verse, “prudent” people are people who apply God’s guidance to life’s situations and follow His directions.
In another proverb, Solomon wrote, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Thank God for His wisdom! Follow it carefully!
Prayer: Thank You, God, for providing us the path to successful living. May our decisions reflect prudence that comes from knowing Your Word and following Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.