One of the best things we can do for our daily walk with God is read a chapter of Proverbs. We think we are wise, but if we neglect the wisdom that God gives in this down to earth book we are foolish. Proverbs 2 is a powerful chapter. It deals with discretion which we will think of as the result of wisdom. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: Proverbs 2:11
Everywhere we go there seems to be a lack of discretion. We lack discretion with what we do, what we say, what we think, what we read, etc. The list could literally go on until the end of this article. My prayer today needs to be my prayer for the rest of my life. “God, give me discretion.”
Take the time to read the entire chapter, but focus in on the first five verses. The key word here is “if.” If we want wisdom and discretion we must search for it. If we want wisdom and discretion we must use what we read. This is the greatest error we are all guilty of preforming when it comes to walking with God. We do not put to practice what we read.
The Bible was written with the intention of being used on a practical level. When was the last time we have heard a message that we needed but we did not use? The same question could be asked about our daily devotional life. God speaks and we often listen and we often forget.
Wisdom is found in the Bible. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 God does not hide it from us. It is written for all of us to have. The Holy Spirit is our teacher.
A closer examination of verses 12-19 shows us the clear danger of ignoring the wisdom of the Bible. Living a day without discretion would create situations we would need delivered from in order to survive. The wise writer speaks of those who forsake the guide. If we are without discretion it is our own fault because we are forsaking our guide. God promises wisdom to those who ask it. The answer is found in the pages of God’s Word.
This chapter ends with a reward for obedience. Really whatever decision we choose for today has its own reward. If we seek after wisdom and use the wisdom we find through discretion we will be rewarded the blessings found in verses 20-21.
My prayer for those of you who read this article is that you will have a desire to have discretion today. This means that you will practically apply God’s Word you your life. This practical application will make us more like Him. God give us wisdom and discretion.