TEXT : “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:” - Proverbs 2:10, 11.
COMMENT: God Almighty gave man the attributes of wisdom, power, justice and love; these qualities make us higher than the beasts. (Job 35:11) God also endows His true worshippers with his holy spirit which guides and encourages them in the way of righteousness. It is therefore expected that they will guide their affairs with discretion which is “the freedom or power to decide what should be done in a particular situation” in order to “avoid causing embarrassment or difficulty for somebody”. They should also have understanding which is the proper application of the wisdom of God.
People say that self-preservation is the first law of nature. Some use the adage to mean that one could do evil as long as it serves to protect one’s interests. But properly speaking, if you love life and want to enjoy the riches of the earth, you must do the will of God always, by keeping to His word. The Bible shows that this age is a dangerous time when people shall be far from God because of pride and dangerous to one another because of greed, vain glory, high mindedness, etc. Discretion is therefore vital to enable us to make judgements as to what to do to navigate the waves that keeps swelling around us and reduce the risks one is exposed to while practising the faith. Understanding, by God’s grace, will enable the Christian to continue in the faith in spite of the turmoil and persecutions he sees every day especially, in the light of the knowledge which he has gained. The Bible says “A good man... will guide his affairs with discretion.” - Psalm 112:5