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Wisdom and Discretion

When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, he asked the astrologers the meaning of the dream but they couldn’t tell him. As a result he was furious and ordered that all of the wise men in Babylon be executed. Men were sent to find Daniel and his friends to follow the orders of the king. When Daniel was found by the king’s guard, “Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.”

Daniel was given important information. Lives were in danger. His life was in danger. Daniel did not run away and hide. Daniel did not run away and make a big announcement to all of his friends. Daniel did not get frantic. Daniel did not act first and think later. He responded with wisdom and discretion.

There are moments in our lives where we should do the same but instead we make a post on a social media network or send text messages to a group of friends. There are moments when we act too soon without much thought and end up getting ourselves into more trouble. As you go through this week, with each situation you face, aim to act with wisdom and discretion.

“When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.” – Daniel 2:14 [NLT]


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Pig Snout Ring

Most women love jewelry. Walk by the jewelry store and there will be some ladies peeking through the glass eying a nice gold ring setting. A gold ring is nice. How about a gold ring in a pig’s snout? How beautiful is that?

To take a beautiful, shining, sparkly ring and place it in the nose of an animal known to roll around in the mud, makes it not so pretty. Many would not like the looks of the ring. It becomes dirtied. It becomes gross.

A beautiful woman is not so pretty if she lacks discretion. As she speaks offensively, her true lack of beauty is revealed. The lack of discretion reveals her true identity. What is in her heart spills out of her mouth and shows her true character. Remember Jesus said to clean the inside of the cup. Today examine the inside of your cup and consider the words you speak.

“A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.” – Proverbs 11:22 [NLT]

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