Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible links together wisdom, knowledge, and discretion to help the Bible student comprehend God’s truths. Today’s passage provides insight into the composition of this connection. When wisdom enters the heart and knowledge is pleasant to the soul, then discretion preserves the believer. Preserve can mean to protect from harm as the context of this passage shows. Those who use discretion are protected from being ensnared by those who have little regard for God or the things of God. Verse 12 indicates that  discretion  protects the individual from the way of evil men. Verse 16 further reveals how discretion delivers from the strange woman. Discretion implements wisdom and knowledge to keep the believer from unnecessary difficulties that trouble those who fail to abide by biblical principles.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Thinking through things before doing them will help to keep you from trouble andharm. If you decide to pick a fight with someone, or run into a busy street, what could happen to you? Ask God to help you think before you act.

• (For everyone): Do you frequently find yourself in trouble? Does each day seem to bring a new set of problems into your life? Do you all too frequently find yourself in dangerous situations? If these scenarios describe your life, you are most likely lacking in the area of discretion. Why not seek the Lord for wisdom and knowledge and implement them into your life?

• Do you find that you repeatedly commit the same sins? Sin does not happen by accident. It is a deliberate act. Fortunately, in every temptation, God provides a way of escape. When we sin, we refuse to use discretion.

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to preserve you from sin.

• Ask God to preserve you from sin.

• Ask God to show you when you make a wrong choice before it is too late to take corrective actions.

 SONG:  He Is Able To Deliver Thee