Pr. 8:5: “O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.”
You know what our Bible gives us? It gives a clear road map we can follow throughout our lives.
No, the Bible doesn’t tell us if we should move to a different town, take that new job, or say no to that new offer. It does, however, give us very clear examples of the consequences of other people’s choices. The Bible has an example of every type of sin, with the cause and effect clearly laid out. The Bible has examples of faith, clearly showing the rewards that accompany it.
Learning from the choices of others is very resourceful. We can save ourselves a lot of time by simply noting how the decisions of others affect their lives, their families, and their walk with God.
Instead of being simple…walking straight into the wall we just watched someone else walk in to, we can can watch and learn how to be prudent (careful) by taking note and choosing differently.
An understanding heart can clearly see that not only was David’s decision to commit adultery a sin, but it led to even more sins, a blemished relationship with God, and the death of his child.
An understanding heart can see clearly that running from God, as Jonah did, only causes unnecessary troubles in our lives and delays the inevitable.
Heb. 4:11 reminds us, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” The Bible is full of examples from which we can learn. We just have to read it and trust God enough to fight the urges to make those same mistakes.
We are also given examples of faith that can encourage us that trusting God will not end badly.
An understanding heart can see clearly that Noah’s faith in God caused him to be not only favored by God, but caused his family to be saved from destruction.
An understanding heart can clearly see that Rahab’s faith also caused her family to be saved.
An understanding heart can note the provision that came when Moses’s faith allowed him to stretch out his hand over the Red Sea, believing that God would do what He said He would do. Provision also came to the widow who made a cake for Elijah with her last flour and oil, believing the Lord’s word that her flour and oil would last for her son and her until the rain came.
Over and over, we can see how faith has produced results and sin has caused harm. There is so much we can learn in God’s Word. There is so much guidance for us all. All we have to do is read, and with our understanding hearts, learn prudence. Praise God for His Word that gives provision!