Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
Last week, I wrote on the virtuous Christian. Over the next seven weeks I will be addressing the four virtues that are sometimes called the “cardinal” virtues as well as the three that are known as the “theological” virtues. The first of these cardinal virtues is Prudence.
Prudence has been defined as the intellectual virtue which rightly directs particular human acts, through rectitude of the appetite. In other words it is the quality which guides a person toward making good moral decisions. A person who is prudent is also wise and judicious. Prudence, however, has to do with actions. It is applied wisdom.
When one thinks of wisdom, King Solomon is the iconic figure who immediately comes to mind. The Bible tells the story of this young king who instead of asking for riches, asked God for wisdom to be a good leader and in response God gave him both. In his early reign Solomon exhibited both wisdom and prudence as he made good decisions and acted in accordance with them. Later in life he allowed himself to be drawn into the worship of false gods, thus proving that a person can possess great wisdom, yet still make worldly, self-destructive choices. Knowledge is not enough for God. He expects obedience.
When we make sound moral decisions and then faithfully act upon them, we are living a life of prudence that honors God and allows us to develop into mature Christians.
Let us search the Scriptures and pray that God will liberally give us wisdom so that we may glorify him and bless others.