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Proverbs 29:20 ” Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

It’s a terrible Syndrome that has spread itself across the land, afflicting many a once wise person…it’s called Foot in Mouth Syndrome.  It seems that Freedom of Speech has taken an ugly turn…something our forefathers would shutter at.  We think it is now quite alright to blurt out the first thing that pops into our head…speaking in haste and then claiming it’s our right to say it.  Proverbs 19:2 says, “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.”   Over-eagerness without wisdom can only show just how foolish we are to others.

Proverbs 17:24 ” A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

Humans perceive through their senses.  But without good judgment constantly weighing how we feel to what’s morally right…we can easily go astray.  When we allow our feelings to overrule our understanding…we jump from one thing to another with no forethought – no discipline – simply doing what feels good at the moment.  But by having wisdom always in view, we will consider things through eyes of Godly insight and sensibility…not by fickle, momentary feelings.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 ” As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

You don’t hear the word  “folly”  used much now a days…to the point I had to look it up for the correct definition.  According to Webster, folly means a lack of good sense, a foolish act or a stupid idea.  So we may not call it folly today, but yet we can see a lot of it across social media!   People taking chances and performing dangerous acts on a dare,  or acting the fool in front of a camera without thinking first how it might impact their life tomorrow.  Proverbs 13:16 tells us that,  “a fool exposes his folly.”  So think about it – anytime you act on a foolish idea before you first think about the consequences…you risk revealing just how stupid you look to others.

Proverbs 16:16 ” How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! “

In this commercialized world where we are constantly bombarded by advertising telling us to “Buy! Buy! Buy!” … this verse stands  in stark contrast.  In fact, elsewhere in Proverbs, the author is even more emphatic when he writes , “Wisdom and understanding are more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” (Proverbs 3:13-14)  So what he’s saying is that our choices have eternal consequences…that by choosing wisdom and understanding, they will yield better and lasting benefits…that material possessions are not what make us who we are…and by choosing wisdom and understanding over riches – the result will be a life marked by purpose, and peace…not things.

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

Proverbs 24:14 ” Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Wisdom speaks only truth to your soul.  It will guide you on the right path, and fill you with hope.  And with wisdom comes future hope … that can never be destroyed.

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.