Cautiousness versus Rashness
This is WEEK 5 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by.
A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: “If you desire to conquer the Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this saddle to be placed upon your back, so that I may keep steady upon you as we follow after the enemy.” The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then with the aide of the Hunter, the Horse soon overcame the Stag. Then he said to the Hunter: “Now, get off and remove those things from my mouth and back.” “Not so fast, friend,” said the Hunter. “I have now got you under bit and spur, and prefer to keep you as you are at present.”
Moral Of Aesop’s Fable: If You Allow Men To Use You For Your Own Purposes, They Will Use You For Theirs.”
We should strive to be cautious in our lives and not make fatal mistakes with rashness.
1. showing careful forethought
2. showing care or attention
3. staying within reasonable limits
4. not excessive or extreme
Synonyms for Cautious: alert, guarded, safe, vigilant, watchful, discreet, prudent, wary
Antonyms for Cautious: careless, hasty, heedless, thoughtless, unguarded, unobservant
What the Bible says about being cautious:
Proverbs 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Colossians 2: 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise.
Proverbs 15:21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Examples From The Bible:
Noah and the Ark
Miriam watching over baby Moses to keep him safe
Samson (until he let his guard down)
Mary and Joseph as they followed God’s instructions to keep baby Jesus safe
The whole book of Proverbs teaches us about wisdom and being cautious.
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Jesus was careful and guarded when tempted in the wilderness.
Jesus knew of the plots to kill him and was careful to avoid that evil until it was the right time. (John 7:1, John 11:54)
Jesus often withdrew alone to spiritually commune with his Father, and was careful to obey the Father’s will.
Personal Application and Thoughts:
I encourage you to study the book of Proverbs. To be careful, means to be wise and to seek wisdom. It also means to recognize “a fool” when you see one, and to not allow such people to influence or disrupt your life, and particularly your spiritual walk. It means setting healthy boundaries, and there are many Christian books available that teach you how to set healthy boundaries in marriage, dating, with your children, and with others in your life. Being careful, sometimes means, waiting for God to intervene or guide you instead of rashly and emotionally trying to charge in and handle a situation in a wrong or detrimental way. Being careful, means you guard the sacred trusts you have been given – your marriage, your time, your resources, your friends and family ( See We Each Have A Castle To Gaurd ). Being careful, also means being discerning. How can you be discerning if you don’t have that personal relationship with God and study His Word?
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you be careful what you hear, see, and do. May you guard the sacred trusts you have been given and remember that you set an example to those around you. May you stay in God’s word and commune with Him so that you can grown in wisdom, discernment and know His Will.
Posted on February 8, 2012, in Character Series and tagged being careful, being cautious, Biblical character, boundaries, character development, discernment, wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.