November 2 – Living Out the Life

“My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.” –  Proverbs 3:21-23 (ESV)

We might take a moment to think about how much our appearance is important to us. We, well most anyway, apply some effort to ‘look presentable’ in degrees from slight to excessive. While such effort has an effect on our outward appearances, we ought to put some thought into how we might appear according to our inner-self. This is best accomplished by observing today’s cautions. That is to maintain sound wisdom and discretion and not let them drop from our sight or attention. The promise, if we do is life for our soul and ‘adornment for our neck.’  The Hebrew word for ‘adornment’ speaks of maintaining a graceful or gracious attitude toward others. Such an effort will look good on our lives. People will notice that we are people who offer grace to others. Such people tend to be humble and popular because of their manner that shines from within. Additionally, there is a promise that such ‘adornment’ being as obvious as an attractive medallion hanging around our neck provides security and stability in our daily walk. This is the means to a life above reproach which is manifesting the grace of God in our lives.

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August 8 – Wisdom and Prudence – Living Together

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” – Proverbs 8:12-13 (ESV)

Wisdom herself is the focus in these verses and not its rewards. It’s the simple ones that need her and need to exercise prudence. If a person has wisdom, they also have prudence. In the same way as Proverbs 1:3-5, we have explained which qualities of life must be acquired if one desires to live a wise life. A disciplined and prudent life is one with high moral standards and with such one does what is right and just. This reminds us that sensible, discreet living is not associated in any way with the vices mentioned in verse 13. Wisdom delivers understanding and knowledge. Wisdom rejects pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse talk which are not the fruit of living in Wisdom. Rather, these are what Wisdom hates and has no cohabitation with evil. For, Wisdom is moral and one who fears the Lord is wise and will hate evil. The holiness of Godly Wisdom is found in the company of good sense for Wisdom cannot dwell with evil. Therefore to fear the Lord, is to hate evil.

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