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 and leaders 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 carefully view all alternatives before making a decision. They are careful and cautious and use good judgment in all situations. In this verse “prudent” people are people who apply God’s wisdom 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!
Prayer: Thank You, God, for providing us standards for successful living. May our decisions reflect prudence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.