An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Roots of Discretion

(Proverbs 2:11 KJV)  Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Why is “discretion” (4209) important to us?  When I look at the definition of the Hebrew word and the way it is used in Proverbs I see two things.  First, its basic meaning is “purpose” which morphs into how the purpose is applied.  Second, it seems that the word is value neutral.  It can be used for good or evil.  It relies on the inner purpose and inclination of our hearts.

It can be part of the promise to “preserve” (guard NASB) (8104) that God mounts on our lives and ways as it is used here.  It can also be the careful preparation for the doing of evil. 

So?  Which way will you be planing your day?  What, or who, will supply the basic values and standards that you apply.  Let them come from God and His word. 

2 comments:

Warren said...

Thanks for visiting Family Fountain.

Interesting discussion on discretion, and how it's application is a function of the heart. We can plan carefully in two different directions - good or evil, and it is the inclination of our inner values that determines the direction. Good points.

Pumice said...

Thanks. Good to hear from you.

Grace and peace.