The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Proverbs 14:8
Not everyone is aware of what is going to happen in his life or the consequences that his decisions and behavior will cause. However the person who is aware of the potential conditions approaching his life makes preparations to do things to shape the outcome for his benefit. In other words he plans a commonsense approach to his affairs to ensure a dignified life. To be blunt, this person is concerned with his personal conduct and how his decisions affect the outcome.
Being mindful of how certain methods work in life helps you to know what to do and gives a reference point to start from. When man looks into his future to consider what he wants to accomplish he considers a course of action and the factors that will control his success. He will consider how to make those conditions reoccur as many times as needed to ensure success.
We must also consider that the circumstance changes with every step and be aware of the step. Some procedures are different with every task and other procedures remain the same most of the time. The way things are done can produce a faulty product and others produce outstanding merchandise every time you follow standard processes. Itís prudent to prepare your life to do things that nurture the desired outcome from the work of your hands.
We find that the work of our hand is an extension of your mind. In everything we put our hands to the reality is that your hands do what your mind instructs them to do. In addition your mind has to know what to do before the orders can be passed the down to the hands that do the work.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
In this passage Paul writes that it is necessary to train yourself to run in the race of life. How can man expect to win a foot race if he runs aimlessly? If a boxer swings his hands in the air his opponent will assuredly knock him to the ground. Therefore it becomes imperative to educate and plan a strategy for the circumstances that impact your life.
A prudent person is aware that God rules everything he can see hear and touch. He also reasons that God is a person that can be touched seen and heard. He finds the time to investigate what God expects of him. Once he has acquired the necessary knowledge he considers the matter and then makes a decision based on what he is convinced of. Once the a personal commitment is made a prudent person will give his personal attention to ensure success.
He finds that God is interested in everything that impacts his life the most. God is primarily interested in manís character and the relationship he has with him. God makes the demand that his children love him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. This is an imperative and a feasible way to ensure a benefit that will endure forever.
God is also interested in your relationship with those he loved enough that he sent his son to pay the price for their sin. Grace is a course of action for God to freely forgive to whoever is willing to accept him. God wants us to take the message that he loves the world and is willing to forgive them of their sin. Those who encircle his throne will benefit by sharing in the responsibility of extending Godís grace one another.
In Proverbs a book of wisdom it is written that Godís word has words of insight to help them become wise. The first five verses of this book provide an excellent summary of the entire bible. It reads as follows,
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young - let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance Proverbs 1:2-5
The bible teaches man that he is to live a life dedicated to God by choice and is determined to live a holy and acceptable life honoring his heavenly father. He is to openly demonstrate the love of God by making a deliberate effort to be right, just and fair. The prudent person knows that a respectable behavior is produced by Godís discipline. At the same time its only prudent to use that knowledge to an advantage in a just and fair manner. Furthermore the prudent are determined to sustain their life in an honorable fashion by adopting every grace of their father in heaven.
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesnít do it, sins. James 4:17
It is not rational to know that you can do good and do something that will harm your life. However, it is another thing to desire to do what is good, but not be able to carry it out. Foolishness is the absence of common sense and reason, which reduces your worth to God and the people around you. God gave us a mind to reason and make choices that benefit everyoneís life. However, the fool says in his heart there is no God (Psalms 14:1) and although the fool understands that God rules the universe they say I will not have him as my God.
The fool runs the race of life without knowing or caring about the rules, but runs this race in hope of going to Heaven. Somewhere in this race the fool forfeits the prize due to attempt to gain the whole world. However foolishness is not laughing matter. Foolishness is taken seriously by God and your actions will turn your life into the trash that will be thrown into the fire.