Proverbs 16:20 “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
“Prudence – wisdom applied to practice (handling a matter wisely)
Prudence implies caution in deliberating and consulting on the most suitable means to accomplish valuable purposes, and the exercise of sagacity in discerning and selecting them. Prudence differs from wisdom in this, that prudence implies more caution and reserve than wisdom, or is exercised more in foreseeing and avoiding evil, than in devising and executing that which is good. It is sometimes mere caution or circumspection.”Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, season and method of doing or not doing.” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
Ephesians 5:15 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”
“Trust-to place confidence in; to rely on (Trust in the LORD.)
1. To believe; to credit
2. To commit to the care of, in confidence
3. To venture confidently” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Learning to handle matters wisely is a good thing! How many matters do I deal with hourly as a homeschooling mother and as a wife in ministry? While I do not want to live in a state of avoiding all risks, the Bible teaches me to live “circumspectly.”
When I’m driving a van down the road, I can exercise wisdom by obeying the laws and operating my vehicle correctly. I can be prudent in my driving by being careful, cautious of other drivers who may not be abiding by the laws.
Another example that comes to mind is a basketball game. Players with the ball in possession play offensively. Players who are protecting their basket are playing defensively.
Along with doing my part offensively and defensively, ultimately, I must trust God that He is in control of every situation. True happiness is found by trusting Him.