How do you prepare?
18 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
For a prudent man, God has a place in your heart. When we truly thirst for God, we thirst for his knowledge, understanding, and to better know him, God has a place in our heart and when things happen we can seek the will, enlightenment, and guidance of God.
I guess I have never really thought about being called Prudent. I am certain I never wanted to be referred to as simple and I know I never liked the idea of suffering or being punished. So what is prudent? Prudence is defined as having wisdom, good judgement, and common sense. Prudence is also defined as being wise in practical matters, having care in the management of resources, economy, and frugality.
I certainly like the sound of these things. When I think about doing things right for me, making the right decisions for my life, I want to certainly get that correct. But, when I think about the lives of those around me; my wife, my daughters, those I influence, those that are lost and don’t know Christ, I even more desire to be prudent. Then how do I really become prudent?
I sit and think about Brad’s message of today (1/27/19), do I have a thirst for time with God? Do I really have a thirst to read, listen, and understand what God is trying to teach me in his word? Do I take the time to spend time with God in his word enough and to pray and just be quiet and think about what God is trying to teach me and show me? This is something that has certainly come together for me as I have been thinking about how do I do things better, how do I lead my family better. Am I spending enough time with God? Do I talk with my family enough about what is going on in life and ways that I can teach them to be prudent.
Being “simple” as the verse describes is not something that I aspire to be, nor do I believe that most people wake up and say “Today, I want to be called simple, I want to suffer.” So many times in life we as people want the victory, we want the win, the parade, the trophy, the ring, the congratulations, the good job, and all the things that comes along with winning and making the correct decision. But, what I see so often is we don’t want to work for it. We don’t want to put the time and effort in preparing and, we don’t want to be prudent. When hard decisions come in our life, in our family’s life, our friend’s life, then we are simple. We suffer, because we are not prudent in preparing our hearts with God through reading, prayer, and understanding so that we are prepared when the hard times come.
Questions To Ponder
How will you prepare?
Do you want to be simple or prudent?
Scripture Memory | February | Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.”