I can’t believe we are nearing the end of April and the end of Proverbs! I am praying about blogging through another book of the Bible next month…does anyone have any suggestions or ideas for me? Anything you’d like to read through together?
“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Prov. 22:3
I don’t necessarily like this negative connotation to the word “simple” but I think I know what it means in this context. 🙂
If you look up the word prudent, you will see that it is another word for wise. Well, we are very familiar with what wisdom looks like after getting this far in Proverbs! If you need a reminder of what Godly wisdom looks like, take a peek at James 3:17.
If I am prudent, I will see danger and take refuge; I will not keep running towards it. We have also seen that the righteous run to God, who is our strong tower. If we are wise and prudent, we will take refuge in Him.
What does this say to me today? There are many places and things that can bring danger to our lives. I don’t just think of physical danger, like a car accident or a fire or something…but I’ve been pondering what “danger” might look like in my own personal life.
Danger could be saying “yes” to adding busy things to my schedule that are not from Him.
Danger could be an addiction to something filling me up instead of allowing Him to completely fill me up.
Danger could be forging ahead without much needed time in prayer and the Word.
Danger could be neglecting my family for selfish pleasures.
Danger could be not heeding the wisdom that He has been so merciful to teach me about through Proverbs.
Danger could be spending more time online than is good for me or my family.
Yikes, there is the possibility for danger all around us! However, if we are wise, we know we have a Savior where we can find refuge. Once again, we come back to the basics of wisdom: humility and prayer.
Father, You alone are my refuge and strength. Continue to draw me to Yourself so that I might gain Your wisdom and be warned when I’m stepping in dangerous places. More love to Thee, O Lord. More love to Thee.