Wisdom and understanding will save a person from the natural consequences of sin. Sin is appealing, but in the end it produces heartache and pain. Being a person with wisdom will provide the way of escape. These words are vivid! “Protect, guard, save…” This is what wisdom, understanding and discretion provide. I’ll have to look up the meaning of ‘discretion’ My sense is that it is understanding that includes choosing what’s right or wise. Just understanding what is the right thing is not enough. Discretion is choosing wise things.
Gaining wisdom is found through this Book of Wisdom, God’s Word. The Bible has been the wisdom of the ages – God’s heart and mind and wisdom all written down for me. I need to continue in God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will be my Teacher. And then if I yield to Him in my days – through my days – He will give me the understanding and insight to avoid sin and foolishness. I can walk with Him and have ‘righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 14:17), but I must choose wisely! I must choose to yield and want Him more than the stuff the world provides.
Holy Spirit, thank You for being my Constant. You are my Teacher and Guide; my Comforter and Friend – and I yield to You this day. Give me wisdom and understanding and discernment that is beyond me, that I might walk in righteousness, peace and Your amazing joy. In the matchless Name of Jesus I pray.