Proverbs 2:11

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
– Proverbs 2:11

Verse 10 describes the pre-condition for verse 11. The condition is met when wisdom has entered and shaped our way of thinking. Wisdom is not a checklist or flowchart for decision making. Wisdom is a way of life, a way of thought, and a way of viewing the world around us. When wisdom has so entered into our hearts and minds, the consequence is a manifested discretion and understanding. The word for discretion means purpose. It has the thought of moving in a direction deliberately. The word for understanding means reason. When we have wisdom, we have a purpose in life that we are not easily moved from. When we have wisdom, we are able to reason out what we encounter to discern if it is good or bad.

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