He who gives attention to the word will find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord (Proverbs 16:20).
We ought not only to avoid every thing sinful and foolish, and to exercise ourselves diligently in our necessary businesses and duties, but likewise to do every thing that we undertake wisely and discreetly.
The prudent management of affairs is attended with great comfort and advantage. It will give us reasonable hopes of success, command esteem from others, and prevent the evil consequences that usually result from indiscretion. David’s name was much set by when he was in the house of Saul, because he behaved himself prudently on every occasion; and Solomon’s prudent administration filled the Queen of Sheba with amazement, and made her almost to envy the servants that had the pleasure of attending him, and seeing and hearing his wisdom.
In our religious course, we are required to do every thing in a decent, orderly, and prudent manner. This will conduce to our own comfort and happiness, to the glory of the God of order, and to the edification of the body of Christ; and it will prevent our good from being evil spoken of by those that desire to find occasion against us.
But whether we are employed in the business of the world, or in that of God, we must not trust to our own skill and prudence. To God we must look, and on him we must depend for direction, and help, and success; for a man’s heart may devise his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
Happy, is the man that trusts all his concerns in the hands of God. His heart is freed from anxious cares. He receives all needful supplies of wisdom and strength. He is led in the way of safety, and shall at last inherit God’s holy mountain.
Extract of Exposition of the Book of Proverbs by George Lawson. All Rights Reserved.