Proverbs 11: King James Bible
Being Discreet – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verse 22
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Being Discreet
We spoke about discretion in a previous devotional called “Discretion Preserves,” which you may find interesting if you’d like to go and check it out.
Discreet via Dictionary.com
1. judicious in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
2. showing prudence and circumspection; decorous: a discreet silence.
3. modestly unobtrusive; un-ostentatious: a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace.
Some words that are synonymous with the word discreet:
attentive, careful, considerate, intelligent, prudent, reasonable, restrained, tactful, thoughtful, watchful
As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. Though this verse is speaking about a fair woman without discretion, the focus is on the lack of discretion, not the fair woman.
In other words, everyone would like to have a Ferrari. But would you want a Ferrari that is spotless on the outside, but is filled with pond scum on the inside? Probably not. Things are rarely as they seem to the eye.
Also, another way to take a look at this verse, is to change who it’s talking about in the first place. What I mean is, are we not the “Bride of Christ?” We believers are supposed to be, aren’t we?
Well, could it be that many who call themselves to be believers, give the appearance of godliness on the outside, but are truly whitewashed tombs? All of us who dare call ourselves after the name and rank of our Lord, “CHRISTians,” should strive to cause the definition above to be our first nature, not second or third nature.
Will the Lord seek to wed an indiscreet bride? Is it his will, to have a body with indiscreet members? My guess would be a resounding no. The verse above fills us in, on what the Lord thinks of indiscretion, using the beauty of the woman for contrast.
Are we attentive unto the Father’s voice or his Word?
Are we careful in all of our dealings, to do what he’d will for us to do?
Are we considerate with how we do things?
Do we seek to do what’s intelligent when given the choice between being so or being foolish?
Do we do our utmost to be as prudent as possible?
Are we reasonable?
Are we restrained when the flesh wants to be unrestrained?
Do we do things tactfully, according to the wisdom of the Father?
Are we thoughtful toward our brethren?
Are we watchful to do what’s right, and also for any unction we may get from the Holy Spirit?
These are some serious character and obedience questions, and I doubt any of us can answer a solid yes to all of these. But we should be looking up to the Father, seeking the strength and wisdom from him, to learn this form of discretion, and adhere to it.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 7: King James Bible
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
Titus 3: King James Bible
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Thank you again, for your Word and all that you’ve packed into it. Lord, help us to be a more perfect body of believers, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Help us to always use discretion in our ways, so that we will come to you, doing our part, to beautify your bride on the inside as well as the outside, of which we are part. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you considered the spiritual significance of being discreet?
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