Apr 15, 2018

The Path: Making a Course Correction - Proverbs 27:12

Proverbs 1:2-4  "For attaining wisdom and discipline for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young."   To be prudent means “to know what to do,” “to exercise good judgment,”  or “having common sense.”

Solomon compares prudent people with a second kind of people - a “simple people.” No matter who you areyou don’t want to be a simple person.

Proverbs 19:25 Solomon says, “Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain Knowledge”

Other people, “simple people,” don’t learn that well. Basically simple people let their emotions get the best of them. They get mad and go into a rage. They spout off and complain when things don’t go their way but prudent people know how to control themselves and take things in stride.

Proverbs 14:15 “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps”.

Proverbs 22:3 “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty”

The prudent see danger and take refuge. The simple see danger and keep going. Both of them see danger.

One responds by changing direction the other keeps going and hopes that the danger will never arrive.

1. The prudent make course corrections.
2. The simple keep right on going.
3. Prudent people know that it’s not what they see that makes a difference, it’s what they do.
When a prudent person senses that a relationship is moving in an unhealthy direction, they do something. The simple keep going. When a prudent person sees trouble on their financial horizon, they do something. The simple keep spending. When a prudent person realizes that God is the most important thing in their lives, and their relationship with him isn’t growing, they do something about it.

How do you make a course correction? 

 1. You do something.

2. You almost always give up something.

3. You usually suffer embarrassment. 

 4. You will breathe a sigh of relief.


As a prudent person you have to take action long before the crisis hits or disaster falls. You may not be able to monitor every aspect of my life. But here are the important ones:

  Top five areas of life to monitor are:

1. Spiritual

     2. Relational

3. Moral

    4. Physical

5. Financial

In that order too. The most important thing in the world is God. The most important thing on earth is relationships.

Remember: It is our direction, not our intentions that will determine our destination. The prudent see danger and take refuge. They will get off the wrong path and get on the right path. They make course corrections. They don’t just think about it or worry about it, they do it.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>