Day 34 - 40 Days of WISDOM

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of WISDOM

Proverbs 14:15-16
“The naive or inexperienced person is easily misled and believes every word he hears, but the prudent man is discreet and astute and considers well where he is going. A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool is arrogant and careless.”

There has always been a lot of danger in the world. When we were little, our moms warned us against running into the street… even if we were trying to get a ball. Our parents warned us about not playing with an electrical socket or sharp objects and so on. The fact is, we didn’t know any better. We were kids and needed our parents to teach us to avoid danger.

Today we’re all grown up compared to being a young child, and yet the world is still a place where danger exists. It might be different than a car racing down the street while we’re chasing a ball… but the possibilities are equally grave.

In Solomon’s day, there were dangers to avoid, too. Here, he’s telling his son – and us – to be WISE. He teaches that some people believe everything they hear, which is abundantly true today.   But we – those who know the LORD – are to be discreet and astute and are to consider what we hear and what we do. By doing so, we can avoid evil and the consequences.

Sounds easy, but is it that simple?

Some reading this might need this extra suggestion: When in doubt, check with some good Christian friends. Scripture says, “There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors.”   There are many untrue things out there today: political speeches, promises, and various untrue things being purported as truth, which may benefit from some Christian group pondering.

But the bottom line is this: Be aware. Don’t just assume that what you hear is TRUTH. And ultimately, test it by God’s Words and principles.

Prayer: LORD, everyone claims to have the truth, but only YOU are the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.