The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 22:3
To be prudent means to act in consideration and concern for the future. If you want a better future, what you do today matters!
The ‘simple’ person of this proverb either doesn’t see the danger, or sees it but doesn’t respond in a way that ensures a better future. For the sinful and selfish person, they may see the danger but not care about the future. ‘You only go around once’ is their motto. Living for this moment, regardless of what it will mean for the the future, is what they value.
You can live like this, but there is a penalty that will be paid. Although the game of avoiding consequences is exhilarating to some, it ends in pain. The piper will be paid someday.
To see the danger coming before it arrives is the stuff of wisdom, which is not attained by a wish or a whim. Wisdom is pursued.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Wisdom is not just seeing the danger coming but taking the steps to seek refuge. You can’t avoid trouble without seeing it, but neither can you escape the consequences if you don’t act. Wisdom is knowledge combined with action. There is a beginning of wisdom, which is the fear of the Lord. The ‘end’ of wisdom is prudent action. It’s obedience. It’s living a life of devotion to Jesus and following Him.
There are plenty of freight trains approaching in my life… all the time, it seems. I need to get off the tracks sooner rather than later! Through prayer and devotion, God gives wisdom! James wrote that God gives wisdom to all without finding fault, which is really encouraging! Even if I’ve not been prudent yesterday, God Almighty will give wisdom to me today If I ask Him. It is still on me to act, but God is faithful and loving to lead me in the way I should go.
Father, You are a gracious and loving God. Thank you for Your Presence and leading. I ask for Your wisdom to be poured into my life today and for a strong heart to choose well. May I be a man of decisive action based in Your wisdom. Help me see danger coming sooner so that I can help others off the track too. All for Your glory.