1/24: Wisdom and Discretion


I’m not sure whether I got the idea from a sermon, a Christian radio broadcast, or my own reading of the Bible, but I remember a stretch in my child-rearing years when I would read short passages from Proverbs to my boys at bedtime. I got the notion in my head that I wanted them to be wise, so reading from the book of wisdom seemed like a good idea. I’d read until we would come to a verse that seemed like it needed explanation, and then we’d discuss it a little bit. In this way, in small bites, and in a relaxed, none-threatening atmosphere, I was relying on the Lord to plant that wisdom deep into their psyches. I believed it would be there when they’d need it later in life.

The need for both wisdom and discretion is obvious in our world today; not just for little boys, but for all of us. However, we may be so overwhelmed with just living from day-to-day that we forget about the importance of asking God for those twins. I define wisdom as “knowing what to do,” and discretion as “knowing when and where and with whom to do it or not to do it” (whatever “it” might be).

When wisdom and discretion are working hand-in-hand in our lives, Proverbs 3:21-26 lets us know the outcome. “Keep sound wisdom and discretion; so they will be life to your soul, and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” (NKJ).

What does all that mean? Simply this: When we are operating using wisdom and discretion, we enjoy:

  • Life: Our spiritual life will be intact. Having “life to your soul” means that through reliance on the effectual work Jesus did for us on the cross, and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit now at work in our lives, our connection to God is firm and secure.
  • Grace: There’s a noticeable difference about us that is attractive to the world. Favor comes our way (“grace to your neck” like wearing a beautiful, expensive necklace). That which is alive and vibrant on the inside just can’t help but to bubble to the surface and people take notice (as they did when Moses returned all shiny-faced from Mount Sinai), realizing we have been with God.
  • Assurance: We will “walk safely and not stumble.” Walking refers to the living life. We will move with assurance through the open doors God supplies.
  • Peace: What can be much better than a great night’s rest? The Scripture says that “your sleep will be sweet” because we are living in such trust of God, we understand there is no need to worry about anything.
  • Confidence: When we face danger or other tough times, from somewhere within will flow courage, bravery, guts, heart, and pluck. Why? Because “the Lord will be your confidence.”

You may have some little kids or grandkids at home right now to whom you can start reading the Proverbs to plant in that wisdom and discretion. I highly recommend it so they can grow up to enjoy the outcomes mentioned above. But if you don’t, it’s still a great practice to take a dose of wisdom and discretion from the Proverbs like a vitamin every day. Who couldn’t use a little more life, grace, assurance, peace, and confidence?


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on January 24, 2013.

One Response to “1/24: Wisdom and Discretion”

  1. Thank you Lord Jesus for your countless provisions; and, your unconditional love.

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