Wednesday, April 29 2009
Key Verse: Isaiah 52:13 “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.”
1. The Meaning of Prudence
V13 “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, ...”
Prudence means to think carefully before taking actions, to be wise in every decision making. Jesus Christ is the best example of one who deals prudently. He did everything prudently according to His Father’s perfect will. As a boy, He was prudent in helping His carpenter father in his furniture business. As a young man, He was prudent with His relationship with people. In His ministry, He was prudent in His preaching, teaching, healing and ministering to others. At His final hour, He was prudent in submission to the Father’s will to die for the sins of the whole world.
Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
Luke 8:1 “... He went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: ..."
Luke 23:46 “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.”
2. The Blessings of Prudence
V13 “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.”
The blessings of Christ’s prudence are that He is now exalted, extolled and at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
3. Are You Prudent?
Examine yourself whether you have been prudent in the past. If you have not been prudent, pray and ask God for prudence and wisdom. A moment of folly, a life time of regrets while a moment of prudence, a lifetime of blessings!
Prayer of the Week
God, help me to be prudent in what I think, say, see, hear and do.
Action of the Week
Be prudent before you make any decision be it small or big for the glory of God.