Prudence is Wisdom’s Partner in Life

Proverbs 8:12

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Dissected & Defined

Dwell means to abide as a permanent resident. Prudence is cautious in your actions and reactions. Witty means ingenious and an invention is the art of finding or creating something new.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Wisdom is speaking of herself in chapter eight. She is describing herself and giving us insight into her lifestyle. 

If wisdom were a woman, she would spend all of her time with her partner prudence. They would never be apart. They work hand in hand together in getting to the bottom of one’s life work. Why is she so focused on her partner prudence? Because skill in living can become quite proud and arrogant when left alone. Any person with great skill in living will find it difficult to be tempered or careful. They would have the skills to overcome mistakes and would not value the careful path. Wisdom is a great strength that could bring you great weaknesses. 

However, if she were to partner with someone who is, say…much more cautious, then that would be a match made in heaven! Guess what? It is!

When we use the skill God is giving us to live in His power, and arm it with Holy Spirit constraint, we will experiment with and experience many great things. Our value to society will skyrocket. 

Realizing that, we can better understand wisdom’s role in the secret of great inventors. Whether it be Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, or even influential people of our day—they each have something in common: they used the practical wisdom God gave them and coupled it with caution. As a result, they came up with ingenious ways to make a difference.

Look at areas of your life in which you excel. It is probably part of your occupation. In this area of your life, does your skill compete with caution or cohabitate with caution? Oh, wisdom is too valuable to live alone!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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