The voices of all the writers speak, plead and even clamor throughout this world. They make us laugh, they make us cry. They inspire us to be brave. They challenge us to new heights. And they also can deceive us.
We are influenced by the “in-crowd,” we are persuaded by our friends. We hear, but do we discern? We are quick to reply, to comment, to join. We act, but do we discern?
To discern means to recognize or perceive clearly. Today information is being thrown in our direction so fast that we almost begin to be swept away into a zoned out mode. And when we wake up we are on a road called “regret.”
The good voices, the wise voices, the righteous voices are speaking, but they are crying out among the many voices that would lead us astray. Humanistic ideas come into our hearts and minds making blind spots to the biblical world view that should be firmly established in us if we’re not careful.
The Bible says we will be wise if we walk with wise men (Proverbs 13:20), but first we need to be able to discern who is wise. The purpose of the book of Proverbs is found in verses two through four of chapter one. Look at verse four:
To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:4 NKJV
After studying, we can see that “prudence to the simple” means caution concerning practical matters is provided to the naïve, and knowledge and discretion can be gained.
There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, 1 chapter for every day of the month. I read Proverbs daily for awhile and began to sincerely discover that my thinking was foolish! I was naïve! I began “crying out for discernment” and “lifting up my voice for understanding” (Proverbs 2:3). Dear God, will you deliver me because I am making stupid decisions! After months of reading what was right, applying the wisdom to my life – discretion became a new part of me.
Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you. Proverbs 2:11 NKJV
Seeing that He has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (1 Peter 1:3), then everything we see, read and hear should be checked back to see if it lines up with the Word of God. (See also 2 Timothy 3:16.) We, like the Bereans, should search the scriptures daily to see if what any writer is saying is right (Acts 17:10-11). We should take the road of discernment, not of regret.
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