Wisdom's Protection

“Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech” (Proverbs 2:11-12).

One of the great benefits of wisdom is sparing us from a life of grief and painful memories. People who do not seek God make many mistakes, but God wants to spare them from that. He calls us to walk a narrow path, and to not explore all the alternative options out there. When we listen to Him, we avoid the countless traps and pitfalls that others fall into. What our ignorance leads us into, God’s wisdom delivers us from.

The Book of Proverbs speaks to proper relationships, running a business, dealing honestly, disciplining children, and a myriad of other topics. Of course, it all begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7). When we fear God, we listen to Him. God, in His faithfulness, then rewards His listening children with rich blessings including sparing us from unnecessary pain.

Wisdom helps us make major life’s decisions. The weightier the decision, the more pain we experience if we make the wrong decision. God will arm us with wisdom-protecting truth that leads us far away from the poor choices we need to avoid.

But wisdom also helps those who have made some bad decisions and need to live with them. Most of us fall into this category in one way or another. God not only forgives us, but He doesn’t hold our past against us. But we need to grow in wisdom in order to avoid future pain and regret.

Ask God for wisdom often, and then apply that wisdom to your life. You will soon rejoice over the protection that wisdom affords you. You will be in a position to point others to God and a much “better way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). The path of sinners, the Bible says, is hard. But the path of the just shines more and more:

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Proverbs 4:18).

We conclude by one more encouragement: Enjoy wisdom. Enjoy its benefits, heed its warnings, and prepare for blessings. The rewards of godly living will brighten anyone’s day!

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