Proverbs Teaches Us Prudence Is Practicing Cautiousness And Thoughtfulness In Every Day Decisions (Proverbs 1:3)
- October 29, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Philosophy
“for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;”Proverbs 1:3
Prudence is the process of practicing cautiousness and thoughtfulness in decision making. For the modern thinking mind, it is the “few seconds before making a decision”. There is a popular saying among many Christians, and it is “God gives us 5 to 10 seconds in every decision we make.” This process of practicing prudence is a skill that we must learn. The natural part of us will respond to circumstances and events in the heat of the moment, and not take the time to evaluate and discern what is best for the given situation.
One cannot possibly determine what is “right, just and fair” without taking the time necessary to evaluate the situation. Righteousness, justice and fairness are extremely complex to balance. This basic skill sounds like common sense, but it is very uncommon within our nature to practice it. Practicing prudence initially is to take advantage of the 5 to 10 seconds one has prior to responding to a given situation. This can be applied to virtually any circumstance.
“For the modern thinking mind, it is the “few seconds before making a decision”. There is a popular saying among many Christians, and it is “God gives us 5 to 10 seconds in every decision we make.” This process of practicing prudence is a skill that we must learn.”
The truth of the matter is, God gives us far more time than 5 to 10 seconds in most situations. Ideally, if a situation is a difficult one, we can retire to somewhere private and consult with God, perhaps write in a Journal, read a book or The Bible, or consult a friend. This was a common practice with Jesus Christ. He would “retreat” under certain circumstances to consult with God.
Don’t forget, we can offer ourselves more time as well, by simply giving answers related to this skill of prudence. Answers such as “let me think about that and get back to you” or “I’m going to need to think about that” or even “let me pray about that, that’s a tough one”. Sure we may frustrate those we are in contact with, but it is best to give complex decisions the time and attention they deserve.