Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

Proverbs 2:11

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

I have made my greatest mistakes when I made decisions, commitments, and plans in haste — when I didn’t allow unrushed time to consider what I should decide, do, or say. While discretion and understanding are partially acquired through learning and experience, they are also a gift from God. This gift doesn’t come on demand, especially when we rush God for his answers to us. Discretion comes from patiently seeking, trusting, and waiting on the LORD’s guidance through the Holy Spirit and from a heart saturated in longing to live for him with holy character, regardless of the rewards or costs.

My Prayer…

Forgive me, Father. I know I am sometimes more of a “character” rather than a person of holy character. Forgive my selfish desire to play to the crowd. I confess that I sometimes try to be witty and accepted rather than being a person of discretion, understanding, and integrity. Please help me, dear LORD, to see through the temptations of haste and acceptance by the crowd and find your path to integrity. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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