Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
Proverbs 2:9-15 KJV
When wisdom, or the proper application of knowledge, is received, and when spiritual knowledge becomes a delight for the believer, the Bible says that “discretion shall preserve the…” This sentence poses the question then: what is discretion? Discretion is wisdom applied to practice or ones manner of living. It can also mean to exercise caution in avoiding evil. Thus, discretion is the practical application of spiritual wisdom and knowledge in our everyday lives. It is discretion that keeps us as saved, born-again believers from following after the course of life or manner of living of the lost man, and it is discretion that keeps us from wrecking our lives with sin. It is discretion that keeps us from speaking perverse things. It is discretion that keeps us on God’s path for our lives. As established in verse 6, however, this discretion can only come from God and only applies to those who have received God’s gift of salvation. Any wisdom short of God’s wisdom is the devil’s wisdom.
The Lord snatches us away or plucks us away from the veil man by His wisdom and discretion as stated in verse 12. The reason for such a forceful removal or separation from the evil man is because his ways are crooked and utterly perverse. The unregenerate man walks in the ways of the darkness of his sin; the perverse man sins without repentance and without thought; he rejoices to do evil and he delights in perverseness; he has forsaken the paths of uprightness and has chosen instead to serve sin continually. What an atrocity that God has protected and saved us from! May this passage also be cause for us to remember our own sin nature and how God saved us from the darkness and perverseness of our own sin. May we then have compassion upon the lost and bring them in from the fields of sin by the preaching of the blessed Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.