Exercising Discretion

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward (perverse) things; ”

Proverbs 2:10-12

I know of no other true wisdom than that which is found in God’s Word. The older we get, the more we desire wisdom; at least, the more we should. Foolishness is bound up in the heart of the child as the Bible tells us, and some of us do not move past this stage. Foolishness is often the enemy of wisdom and we can all attest to times when we have exhibited foolishness. I think back to every decade and recall foolish things I have done and foolish thoughts I have entertained. I look back to younger years and am amazed I am still alive due to the foolishness I displayed and the foolish thoughts I acted upon. I hope to continue to grow and look back from year to year and make better decisions than years past and replace my foolishness with God’s wisdom.

I remember years ago when I had to get up early in the morning, I would eat some oatmeal Rebekah would make and read the Proverbs that corresponded with the given day. I read through it as part of my obligatory time I would give to God, but I cannot tell you what I read or what it did to change my life. I have read the verses listed above time and time again, but back then, I did not allow wisdom to enter into my heart and I did not make knowledge pleasant to my soul. I entertained my own wisdom and knowledge, and I applied that to my life instead of God’s wisdom. I have been enthralled by the world’s advice that suits me, and I have even been motivated by it.

I have lately been weighing my decisions with the thought, “Will this draw me closer to God? Will this have eternal impact?” My best friend, Ben, says, “To say yes to something is to say no to something else.” Am I saying yes to the things God has called me to do, or am I saying yes to the things He has not called me to do? When God’s wisdom enters our heart, it brings about discretion to make the right decisions. God’s wisdom allows us to weigh our next steps in life and gives us a light to the path on which He is leading us. “Parental Discretion Advised” is sometimes put on music and movie labels, but I am not sure it has the effect it should. Our discretion leaves a lot to be desired as we may look at the label and continue in on our endeavor.

Discretion includes the ability to look at any given situation and choose rightly. It is being equipped with the tools to know what to say yes to and what to say no to. Discretion shows us we what we should or shouldn’t wear, things we should or shouldn’t watch, and what advice we should or shouldn’t listen to. Discretion comes from godly wisdom, which only comes from reading and meditating on God’s Word. When you enrich yourself in God’s Word, is amazing the verses that come to mind when you are faced with a decision, asked for advice, or even in a moment of temptation. God’s Word is the answer to every life situation, even though we are tempted to be swayed by worldly advice. God’s discretion keeps us from the evil person who seeks to persuade us, the one who would take us away from what God’s will for our life.

Has wisdom entered into your heart? Do you have a hard time making decisions? Are your decisions pleasing to God or pleasing to self? What decision are you facing that you need God’s wisdom on? May we show discretion in everything we do, and may God’s knowledge be pleasant to our soul. May we allow His wisdom to enter our heart, and may we not override God’s decision to get our own way and suffer the consequences. God’s way is always perfect and best, and His discretion will keep us from heartache and sins disappointment.

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