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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Frosted Flakes Are Not Prudent

(Proverbs 14:15 KJV)  The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

What is the difference between being “prudent” (6175) and being cynical?  In our modern culture the two are often linked together.  Prudent people don’t know how to let go and have fun.  They always doubt what politicians promise them.  They don’t believe the newspapers.  They are negative and cynical.  No, they are prudent.

As you look through the way the word is used in Proverbs, prudence is linked with knowledge and seeing what is around you.  A prude compares what he hears with what he knows.  The prude knows a lot because he pays attention and remembers. 

Prudence is also one of those words that can be instruments of evil or good.  It is the word that describes the devil as he jockeyed to deceive Eve.
(Genesis 3:1 KJV)  Now the serpent was more subtil (sic) {6175) than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
It is also used in Proverbs to describe the righteous.

So?  Leave the sugar coating for you donuts and breakfast cereal.  Look at life as it is in the light of the power and promises of God.  It makes a difference, or it should.

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