Wisdom, Prudence, Knowledge, Discretion

 12“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
   and I find knowledge and(A) discretion

Wisdom = the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10).  The word in Hebrew connotes “skill” – so if we want skill in life – fear the LORD.  What is fear of the Lord?  Prov 8:13 says it is the “hatred of evil” – in other words sin is a big deal to you.  Now, don’t get crazy on me here – first look at YOUR sin – deal with yourself before a Holy God – go read Matt 18.  Let’s not go pointing fingers until we sit at the cross and do some serious gospel thinking – think how much you have wronged the Holy God of the universe and how much grace, love, and forgiveness he has poured out to you!

Prudence = Hebrew word connotes “shrewdness” — so then operating, if you will, in a shrewd (INTENTIONAL) manner in light of your wisdom.  Are we intentionally operating in wisdom?  I know I don’t all the time.

Knowledge = Prov 9:10b says “Knowledge of the Holy One is insight”  – so primarily KNOW GOD. Read the book that He has revealed Himself in – the BIBLE.  Read good solid books about GOD, not yourself and so much how to improve yourself – read books about God and His attributes, He is the almighty sovereign in control of everything Creator. I hate to go Rick Warren on you, but He created you for a purpose – get to know Him and ask Him what that purpose was.  (Yes, we are created to enjoy God forever…but you know what I mean)

Discretion = KJV translates this at “witty intentions.”  The word here means “purpose, discretion”.  This appears to be the application of wisdom and knowledge, prudently.

So if we pursue Wisdom (which starts with the fear of God) we will also find prudence, knowledge and discretion. 

I, for one, could use a whole lot more of them qualities!  We need to aim to be the man in Prov 9:8b-9

Wisdom…Proverbs 2

Well, we’re up to Proverbs…and I gotta admit, I’m kinda stoked about this.

Chapter 2 hit me this morning with it’s depth and clear instructions…

Verse 1 starts with a big ole “IF”…”My son, if you…”

  1. Receive my words
  2. treasure up my commandments with you
  3. making your ear attentive to wisdom
  4. inclining your heart to understanding
  5. call out for insight
  6. raise your voice for understanding
  7. seek it like silver

THEN you will…

  1. Understand the fear of the LORD
  2. find the knowledge of God
  3. Understand the righteousness and justice, equity, every good path [to v9 now…]
  4. wisdom will come into your heart
  5. knowledge will be pleasant to your soul
  6. discretion will watch over you
  7. understanding will guard you
  8. delivering you from the way of evil

There are a few conditions to this though:  [v7]

  1. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright
  2. he is a shield to those who walk in integrity

So, who wouldn’t want all that?

Again the theme of “walking” appears in the Bible.  It’s amazing how much that pops up.

Giving a sneak preview into Chap 3 are some of the most famous verses in the Bible:

Prov 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean  on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths

More walking!

How are we walking lately?