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Proverbs 27:12. “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
I used to love playing games as a kid. The kids in neighborhood would all come together for giant games of hide & go seek, tag (freeze tag was always my favorite) and the always popular whiffle ball. One of my other favorite pastimes was the highly sought after answer to the question,“If you could have one super power what would it be?” This one question could incite arguments for days. Some would argue fiercely for the power to fly, others would stand by the answer of being invisible and still others thought that x-ray vision was the way to go. I was always partial to invisibility. In my 9 year old mind invisibility meant that I could come and go out of my school classroom whenever I wanted. How cool would that have been right?
Hollywood has always had its fair share of superhero movies and superhero powers as well but over the last 10 or so years, it’s been jam packed.
- Spider Man (that webby stuff)
- Batman (not really a superhero but still cool)
- Man of Steel (flying, super strength, x-ray vision)
- The Avengers (there’s like 50 of them)
- Captain America (super strength, ages well)
- Ant Man (super small)
- Doctor Strange (don’t totally know)
- Iron Man (weird thing in chest, does lots of cool stuff)
- The Wolverine (pretty awesome blades come out his hands)
Everyone loves a good super power. I’m sure that above list has infuriated some for leaving out your favorite or my flat out misunderstanding of a particular super hero’s power (feel free to correct me and add to the list).
Proverbs 27:12 gives us just a little glimpse of what some would consider a superpower. The ability to foresee danger. Okay, it’s not actually seeing into the future, x-ray vision or super strength but those who can develop this super power are far and away better prepared for life.
Most super heroes have some genesis for their super power. A strike of lightning, a nuclear explosion, experimental surgery gone wrong, etc. Those who have developed the super power of foreseeing danger also have a genesis for their extraordinary ability: God ordained wisdom. Proverbs calls that prudence. Biblical prudence is rooted in an intimate relationship with God. A relationship that is fostered by time spent together, time spent talking, time spent listening. It’s through this regular communication and time spent reading, meditating on and applying God’s Word, the Bible, that prudence is developed. When prudence is prevalent, danger can be more easily diverted. When you’re locked into what God is doing and wants to do in your life you can more easily spot the dangers that are lurking around the corner. On the other hand there are those that float through life assuming that no harm will come to them. They adopt the mentality that, “If I’m not looking for trouble, trouble won’t look for me.” Those who choose not to foster prudence are who the Proverbs refer to as simpletons. In other words, you are foolish for not tapping into what God is doing and wants to do in your life and you set yourself up for unnecessary risks by doing so. It’s no secret that life is tough. Why then would we knowingly heap more trouble on ourselves by opting to go it alone. Tap into the super power that is at your fingertips.
Take Action: Think of a time when you failed to see danger around the corner. Can you now see in hindsight how that could have been avoided? When danger “snuck up” on you were you tapped into God’s Word and walking closely with Him? What would need to change for you to better tap into the super power that’s at your finger tips?