It only takes one time…one misstep, one lapse of judgement, one bad decision to overshadow all the good we’ve done. For when we lack good sense and act foolishly…we are not operating with practical spirituality and prudence, but rather with indiscretion and carelessness. And to paraphrase Proverbs 18:2, that’s when a fool opens their mouth and inserts their foot.
To answer the “where” in both questions above…it’s God who is the source of all wisdom and ability. And He is more than eager to impart His wisdom and understanding to us when we ask. For it tells us in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.” Maybe, like me, you’ve at one time been in a training session of difficult material, so you ask a question of clarification only to be rebuked by the leader…makes you not want to ask anymore questions, right? But God’s not that way…He wants us to ask for discernment and insight when we’re struggling. And it says that He will not only give it freely but won’t make fun of us for asking.
To be a Christian in the world today is to be like a lamb among the wolves. We’re bombarded by carnality, violence, and deception everywhere we look. This is why Jesus directed His disciples to go out into the world using practical common sense…and using wisdom to maintain a pure ethical character no matter who or what they encountered. But nor were they to be gullible and naive in their worldly interactions. As Believers, we too are called to a Godly influence in the world…but not be influenced and so seduced by it.
The Amplified Bible pens the above Scripture this way, ” If you will turn (repent) and give heed to My reproof, behold, I (Wisdom) will pour out My Spirit upon you. I will make My words known to you.” This admonishment then is two-pronged. First, we must stop and agree with God we’re going down the wrong path. Now our stubborn carnal nature will usually reject this idea at first…that’s because nobody likes to be told they’re wrong! But it’s the second part of this Scripture that’s even more important. For if we do turn back to God, He promises not only a renewed relationship with Him, but an outpouring of His Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding…that we may know Him more intimately.
Another translation states, “but the way of the transgressor will not endure, like barren dry soil.” (Amplified Version) We will never find favor with God and for that matter, in any work place, when we’re in it only for ourselves. For when your work ethic is deceptive, and fraudulent…sooner or later you’re gonna get caught! But when we approach anything we do with cautious wisdom and good common sense…all happiness and success will be ours…for we will not only have God’s favor, but man’s.
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.
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.