Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Deal Knowledgeably – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 16
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Deal Knowledgeably
We’ve read a lot about wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and prudence, in the previous devotionals. But the focus that I’d like to chew on in the verse above, is around the word “dealing.”
We deal with everything, from the least of things to the greatest of things, we’re given our own lot with which we must deal. When we decide not to, and place what we need to deal with aside, there are consequences that come, which vary in degree of severity.
There are two different methods to deal with all things. They would be to deal with things prudently, or foolishly. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?
I found myself dealing with my time foolishly the other day, resulting in missing out on releasing a devotional. It may not seem like too big of a deal, but there are folks out there that look forward to them every day. Plus, it’s rather foolish to have daily devotionals that don’t come out daily, doesn’t it? I allow myself Saturdays off, that’s it.
Anyways, what I did was, put off taking the time to type one of these devotionals out, till later. Then, when later came, something came up outside of my control that hindered my ability to get one of these messages out. By the time all was said and done, I was too mentally burned out to do much of anything useful.
I said that to point out, that I behaved foolishly with the time given me to do what I’m supposed to do, depending on the unseen, unknown, and un-guaranteed. What would have happened should I have behaved prudently, would be to have recognized the time being there for the taking, knowing full well, that my next breath isn’t promised, never mind anticipating the unexpected.
Dealing knowledgeably doesn’t mean that you need to know everything, because nobody does. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find out what it is you need to know, and work on that, instead of rolling the dice in a situation where you’re uncertain.
I was uncertain about how to fix something in a car several weeks ago. I looked up how to do it, then did it. Because I dealt knowledgeably, I didn’t trash the car trying to figure things out the hard way. That same kind of thinking can be used with the Word of God.
Instead of trying to figure out what the Lord’s will is for your life, or who he is, how he is, and what he takes delight in, etc., deal in knowledge. Open the Word, get to know the Father. Do some prayerful reading of the Word for a meal, but also devote time to take slow bites of the Word, to get it in you with a deeper understanding.
It is better in every circumstance, to be prudent and deal with knowledge. It is far less embarrassing and far less costly when you do.
Related New Testament Scripture
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Thank you for all of the lessons that you teach us through your Word, and also through what we face from day to day. Lead all of us Lord, to get a deeper understanding of you through your Word. Help us to be prudent in this, and stir us through your Spirit, to apply all that you’ve shown us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever failed to deal Knowledgeably?