A. How situations are handled is very important (i.e. Proverbs 16:14-15).
- Sometimes, the wrath of a ruler is unavoidable (Daniel 3:1-20; cf. Exodus 34:14).
- However, if avoidable, think about why you wouldn’t want to needlessly upset a ruler (Proverbs 19:12, Proverbs 20:2, Romans 12:18-21, and I Peter 2:13-17).
- Understanding what’s going on around us and how to interact using that understanding (Amos 5:10-13).
- Not engaging in fruitless endeavors (Proverbs 29:9 and Matthew 7:6) or situations with a sure unfavorable outcome (Proverbs 5:1-23).
II. Body: Proverbs 16:20-22
A. Think about how we can be lawfully crafty [clever], with godly wisdom, in handling some matters (i.e. II Corinthians 12:11-21; cf. II Corinthians 11:8-13).
- Think about how Jesus used discretion because of situational awareness (John 7:1-10).
- Knowing how to use circumstances, such as when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees (Acts 23:1-11).
- The kind of wisdom that delivers one from the way of the evil and guides in the way of the good (Proverbs 2:1-20).
- Not learned in the way of sin (I Corinthians 14:20), but not ignorant to them either (II Corinthians 2:11).
- Don’t trust wisdom born of yourself (Proverbs 28:26).
- Resort to a well-known biblical principle (I Thessalonians 5:21).
- Let me give you an example. We know we have to work (Ephesians 4:28 and II Thessalonians 3:10). The world says get a job that pays well, has room for moving up, etc. The world says grab your dream job. Godly wisdom teaches us to count the cost (Luke 14:25-33) and to consider what value a job may have that causes you to lose your soul (Matthew 16:24-27), misplace your at-home responsibilities (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), abandon your spiritual obligations (Hebrews 10:25), etc.
III. Conclusion: “Every prudent [subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly, sensible; Strong’s # 6175] man dealeth with knowledge [discernment, understanding, wisdom; Strong’s # 1847]: but a fool layeth open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16).
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