“21My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. 24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” ~Proverbs 3
Do I purposefully clothe myself
With wisdom and understanding?
Do I never let sound judgment
Or discretion leave my side
For a moment?
So many times
I did not want to bother with it
To take the time
To talk to God
Or do what I knew was right
What harm could it do?
What real damage would be done?
So I went my own way
And thought myself the better for it
There was no Wisdom to light my path
There was no understanding to mark my way
And so I sank and sank into the foolish sand
Until I was stuck and couldn’t see
I cried out to God to save me
So many times I read the Word
And I wonder if it is true
It says I will not stumble
The Lord preserves me,
I will not fall
And yet I feel I tumble every day
And yet I see so many around
In constant pain
And I wonder, is it true?
Perhaps in this one thing I will cease to believe
Perhaps just in this one thing
But in this I lack judgment
In this I lose my grasp on discretion
If I let go of this truth,
Then all other truths disappear with it
If God is a liar in one space
Then He is a liar through and through
And yet even in this He will reveal it to me
He will help me to see
That yes there is pain
And yes there is failure
But for His children all is worked out for good
They become more like Christ in suffering
And they will never fall away
He preserves their life in the last day
And in that we can all rejoice!
So lie down and sleep well
The Lord is your guardian
So walk through life
Be not dismayed
The Lord directs your steps
Help me to wear Wisdom, Understanding,
Sound Judgment, and Discretion
Help me to put them on as armor
Against the flaming arrows of Satan
For when I ignore You
I fail and fall
But with You I can stand against them all
23The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
“Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their intimidation; do not be shaken.”
“28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whoi have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” ~Romans 8
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.
24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” ~Matthew 7
Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.
When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
“10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~Ephesians 6