II Timothy 1:7 ” For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”

Fear of the unknown…it seems like the entire world is reacting.  So how can we as Believers respond the most appropriately to it?  First, let’s ask ourselves a few questions.  Has the Lord suddenly lost control and climbed down off His throne?  The answer is no, for Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”   Next, do we believe in the authority and sufficiency of God’s word?  If the answer is yes, then we must believe  this Scripture that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of strength, love, and a sound mind…a sound mind meaning wisdom, good judgment, and prudence.  And if this is so, we must also believe Scriptures such as Hebrews 2:51 that exhort us to not give in and become a slave to fear.  Finally, as Paul exhorted Timothy to lead by example, we must then apply our God-given sound mind to everyday actions, all the while praying  Psalm 91 to counteract this fear of the unknown.

I Kings 4:29 ” God gave Solomon wisdom and very good insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the sea shore.”

I once worked for a Doctor who gave me the nickname, Prudence…of which I was very happy with!  For I’d much rather be known for my good judgment rather than careless and unwise decisions.  All wisdom and abilities we have, find their source in God…and a reverent attitude towards Him is the start of all discernment and discretion…for all understanding resides in our hearts.

Proverbs 27:12 ” The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

As human beings,  we have to learn some things  the hard way.  Growing up, we think of ourselves as invincible.  We take crazy chances.  We egg each other on…double dog daring…and sometimes paying for that  foolishness.  So as grown adults,  we should have gained some wisdom and good judgment  by now.  But how many people do we see that just haven’t learned that lesson?  Risky behaviors will eventually catch up with everyone…for no one is exempt.

Judges 21:25 ” In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”

Have you ever gone to a committee meeting that has no set head person?  Lots of ideas get bounced around…many people express their opinions…emotions can run high, but without someone to run the meeting, not much gets accomplished.  That’s what it’s like without  leadership in our world today…we’re all just out there “doing our own thing”.  But the problem with that is,  what I think is just and prudent to do, you may think is inappropriate or outrageous.  What happens in the end is chaos, conflict, and confusion.

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