“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”
Prudence is an active wisdom. A prudent person considers the consequences of an action before choosing to act. Last week my friend went to play tennis at the park near his house. While waiting for a court to open up, another man asked if he was in line to play. My friend told him he had been waiting, and when the next court opened up, that man rushed in and claimed it. My friend was vexed, indeed! However, he quickly surrendered his irritation to the Lord and played on the next available court without fussing.
Toward the end of his game, the man who had finessed the other court ran in and begged my friend to let him play. Surprised, my friend agreed. When the game ended, the man thanked my friend and explained that he recently moved from another country and had no friends. They exchanged numbers and are arranging to play tennis together again next week! When we let the LORD have our irritations, He uses them as invitations to draw people to Himself. We often steal supernatural encounters with our selfishness. When is the last time you let an offense ruin a potential “God moment?” Would a little prudence have changed the outcome?
"A PRUDENT PERSON CONSIDERS THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN ACTION BEFORE CHOOSING TO ACT."
LORD, thank you for inviting me to commune with you. Please forgive me for getting offended and not thinking before I act sometimes. Please teach me prudence so I can walk humbly in submission to your plan.