Lk.16:8 (KJV) And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Pro 22:3 (KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Prudence, another expression of God’s matchless wisdom is a must have to keep abreast in this hi- tech and jet paced world.
It is one thing to be blessed; it’s another to be prudent. A lack of prudence makes His blessings of no effect in the life of a believer.
So what is prudence and what does it mean to be prudent?
Summarily, prudence connotes ‘smartness’ in the context of today’s world! The word also has an economic dimension which means to be ‘streetwise’ or ‘shrewd’ in business.
On a broader scale however prudence, according to wikipedia.org, is the exercise of sound judgment in practical affairs. Encarta pocket dictionary also defines being prudent as having good sense or carefully considering consequences.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. Pro 12:23 (KJV)
In the economic context which relates to how we handle our resources, wikitionary.org defines ‘prudent’ as being frugal. Frugality in turn is the practice of 1) avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else on anything. 2) Resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services to achieve a longer term goal.
A typical example of a prudent man in the Bible is Jacob. He was blessed and was very prudent as well.
Check out how by the demonstration of God’s wisdom he was able to so maneuver his way that he ended up richer than his wicked and manipulative boss Laban without any form of violence, bloodshed or unrest!
Also consider how he took advantage of God’s presence on two different occasions and registered his case with God reaping loads of blessings. (Gen.18:16-22 and Gen. 32:26-28). Surely, he didn’t waste anything- even opportunities!
Would you like to be more prudent in the way you handle your life, affairs and resources?
Again, if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask God!
Lord, with all my gettings, I need Your divine wisdom in order to sustain Your blessings as well as take them to the next level. May I be more prudent so that Your blessings on my life increase and not diminish. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015