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Faith Alive! | June 2012

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Are you RTGAA?
  • Editorial – God, grace, faith and you
  • Notice board of faith – what, how, who, where and when
  • Jesus had faith – so should we
  • Crossword
  • COVER FEATURE: Standing before the King – short story
  • Proverbial prudence
  • Bible study workshop – Zechariah’s visions
  • Matthew
  • Judas Lebbaeus Thaddaeus
  • This is God speaking
  • South Pacific Youth Conference

A sample article from this edition:

The prudent man

“The prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself.” (Proverbs 22:3)

NOT only does he think, the prudent man also takes action based on his thought: “he hideth himself.” So the prudent among us will not only arrive at the conclusion that Jesus is Lord, we shall then take the required action and be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins.

“A prudent man covereth shame.” (12:16)

He acts in small ways after the manner of his Master. The prudent amongst us will understand the lesson of the Lord washing feet. We will remember the promise, “if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). On the other hand (Proverbs 12:16, NIV), it is a fool who shows annoyance openly and, by implication, makes no attempt to overcome his own sin.

The prudent man makes a habit of critical, sceptical thought: “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going” (14:15). People say you are successful, witty, intelligent …? If you are prudent you’ll be sceptical. The proverb suggests that there is a fundamental difference in motivation between the simple and the prudent. For the simple it is the external environment that moulds him: what friends say; what the latest fashionable trend is. The prudent however, think for themselves; their conscience, moulded by the spirit of God, leads them. Thoughts are carefully weighed in the mind to see if they are temptations leading back to the broad way that takes us to destruction. Thus the prudent man “dealeth with knowledge” (13:16): knowledge that comes from above. By contrast the lack of godly thought given by a fool is exposed by his folly (13:16, NIV).

Whether you are prudent or not should be obvious – your daily actions will tell you, and others, the answer. Proverbs 14:8 suggests the following:

  • If you are prudent, you will know yourself to be prudent; you will thank God for His instruction in wisdom, and you will understand how easy it is for a prudent man to lose his way if prudence were ever to lead to arrogance.
  • Unfortunately, if you are a fool then you will arrogantly assume yourself to be prudent. You will be deceiving yourself. You won’t realise the truth until it’s too late – unless you stop to think.

Kevin Rawlings


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