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verse 11: “”A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Throughout my working life, I have worked for a variety of bosses. There was one executive whose temper was legendary; what was worse is that you didn’t know what kind of reaction you would get if you were to give him bad news. It all depended on the time of day and the mood he was in. Thankfully, I never had to directly deal with this boss. There are 3 bosses who come to memory and they all share the trait of this verse: they were slow to anger and ready to forgive. I’m not saying they didn’t let me know if I messed up; they did. But they treated me like an adult and they were very helpful in training me. One senior manager who has been a God-send in my working life once told me (while I was stressing on a difficult project) that I was my own worst critic…that I should do my best and not sweat the rest. It is people like them who inspire loyalty and motivation in their subordinates.

Make no mistake, God does get angry; He hates sin. But He is ready to forgive if we’ll just turn to Him. He also offers that second chance that we know through His Son, Jesus. It was His sacrifice on the cross that paid our debt; all we have to do is accept His gift.

Have a blessed day!

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verses 12-14: “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.”

Wisdom keeps some interesting company. I quote the Holman Concordance here on Proverbs, page 72-73:

“8:12 – Wisdom, you might say, lives with a family of other wonderful virtues. Prudence can refer to trickery (Josh. 9:4), but in Proverbs it always means good, sensible behavior. Knowledge describes not just academic attainment but knowledge of truth. And discretion in Proberbs means the careful behavior that arises from clear thinking. It is the opposite of recklessness. All three words refer to the ability to form sound plans.”
“8:13 – But wisdom is far more than shrewdness; the fear of the LORD is its foundation (Prov. 1:7, 9:10)…”
“8:14-16 – Wisdom returns to the catalog of accompanying virtues began in verse 12. She can provide people with direction because she has counsel and sound judgment; and she strengthens them to meet the challenges of life with understanding and power.…”

I cannot put it more plainly. Tis better to keep company with this family than with what the world offers.

Something to think about.

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Proverbs 2:11-15

verse 11: “Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,”

May I present the special agents who work for Wisdom, Agent Discretion and Agent Understanding. They each serve a specific purpose here.

Agent Discretion will serve as your bodyguard. Discretion will go with you, be with you at all times. Discretion will guard you from bad situations, advise you before you make a decision that could be treacherous. Discretion cannot stop you if you decide to go against the agent’s advice, but rest assured, Discretion has seen these situations before, and usually the advice this agent gives is sound. If you decide to act without consulting Agent Discretion’s cautious counsel, the outcome (more than likely) will not be good.

Agent Understanding will be your shadow. This agent will be tailing you as you go through your normal routines in the world, and will be watching over you. This agent is an experienced guardian as well, seeing how situations develop and sizing up the likely outcomes, dependent on your participation or non-participation in them. Using this valuable knowledge, this agent is also a good advance scout to keep you from straying into a bad situation.

Now, forgive my humorous personification of these two aspects of wisdom. When I first read the verse, I thought of the old phrase “Discretion is the better part of valor”, a phrase attributed to Falstaff in William Shakespeare’s King Henry the Fourth. (see http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=Discretion+is+the+better+part+of+valor&ia=ahdi). “Caution is preferable to rash bravery.” (see http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=Discretion+is+the+better+part+of+valor&ia=ahcl). If we listen to God, and seek His wisdom in matters of life here on earth, there are a lot of evil situations that we won’t wind up in…especially since we won’t be alone. (Jesus told His followers I will always be with you…for the Christian, that’s assurance of eternal counsel!)

Have a blessed day!

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