11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
The call for wisdom is great in every generation and is especially great now. As we look at the escalation figures of COVID 19, the world crisis is only beginning. What wisdom do we need and how do we live without exposing ourselves to this virus? How do we minister God’s love and grace in the midst of this? Two Sundays ago, I recommended that when we go shopping that we should buy extra food to put aside for others who will be coming to us for food. As jobs dry up people are going to get hungry; we as Christians should be prepared to give out food. I am reminded of God’s warning to Egypt and God’s preparation of Joseph as the one who would prepare the country for a time of famine.
Acting with wisdom now will give us opportunities to show love and care in the near future.
A prudent man is one who looks carefully at the situation before him and acts with caution to prepare himself for what is ahead. We need this quality in our lives. There is spiritual and physical evil around us all the time. As one of my mentors said, we are all 3-4 bad decisions from moral failure. We must consciously be aware of this and live with careful wisdom all the time. Before we act, before we jump into a situation, in prudence, we must look ahead a few steps and see where it might lead.
In the end, we are trusting the Lord and living by faith. Yet, we are called to move with a careful looking ahead throughout our lives. In talking to my parents last night, we were talking about their lives and how God has used them. During that conversation I told them that they should be thankful that they do not have a “box full of regrets.” When each of us get old, which we will, may we be able to look back at our lives and not see a “box full of regrets.” With prudence, let us look ahead and avoiding the evil move wisely through life.
Keep one another in prayer. More than ever, we need the loving prayer of one another. Some of us are going to get sick, it is inevitable. Please respond to this email with prayer requests for us to share. We pray because God hears and answers when we do.
Have a great day in the Lord,