Prudence isn’t Paranoia

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Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead. Proverbs 21:16 NIV

The definition for the word Prudence, according to Merriam-Webster includes:

The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason:

caution or circumspection as to danger or risk.

It makes perfect sense to be cautious, yet so many people lack prudence!

In some cases, even checking the weather is considered taboo.

I’ve been ridiculed for checking the weather app, “Just look outside!” So glad I didn’t listen, because when I saw the potential for a winter storm, I stocked up on groceries and batteries.

Another example of not listening to naysayers is when we were house-hunting, I wanted a fireplace, and was ridiculed by the sales rep for a local builder, “When are you going to use it, on Christmas?”

How many people across San Antonio and in Texas in general, WISH they had a fireplace now?

These last few years I’ve made sure to stock up on good winter clothing for my family, which gained a few strange looks from cashiers, but I never let their judgement stop me, and neither should you.

Don’t let the naysayers keep you from doing what you know is right for your family.

Abraham, Moses, Caleb, Joshua, Nehemiah, and even Jesus had their fair share of naysayers. The Bible is full of overcomers who stood up against the negativity of man to follow the sacred guidance of God.

Be like them.

Who cares what your neighbors say?

Who cares what your coworkers think?

Who cares if a cashier rolls her eyes?

If God is telling you to prepare and be prudent, listen to HIM.

You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Psalm 73:24

That’s a promise!

So don’t let the insults of the mockers deter you from doing what you know is right.

Remember, the more you listen to God, the more you obey him, the more he speaks to you.

For example, in the summer of 2019, I was driving to the commissary and felt God tell me to buy masks. I felt my entire face scrunch at the thought of that. It was so strange! I thought maybe we’ll need to do something for our drywall, or something that would expose us to dust, so crazy as it felt, I bought a box of disposable facemasks.

Fast forward to spring of 2020, and my husband’s fabric facemask was in the wash machine when he had to go on post unexpectedly. There was a mask mandate, but they were impossible to find. Shelves were empty. Hand soap, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper and facemasks weren’t available anywhere. That’s when I remembered the box of disposable masks God prompted me to buy, and handed one to my husband. He held it for a moment, and gave me a perturbed look. “When did you get this?”

I explained how God prompted me to get them the summer prior, and he was amazed. That moment, that one act of obedience strengthened the faith of my entire family. Even now, we all have machine washable masks, but my kids still talk about that. There was no way I could’ve ever dreamed anything like Covid would happen, but when God told me to buy facemasks, crazy as it seemed at the time, I listened.

I’m so glad I did.

Now, I wish I could say we are free of trouble, but that’s not always the case. As I write this, I don’t have running water. I did everything I could to be prudent in keeping my pipes from freezing, but one still sprung a little leak. My water had to be shut off. It’s snowing in south Texas, and it’s not like I’m the only person having a plumbing issue right now, so there’s no way a plumber can fix it today.

Yet I know God is with me.

He prepared me to get food. He prepared me to get firewood. He prepared me to make sure my family has thick winter coats (yes, in south Texas) and he will help us overcome.

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Proverbs 24:16 NIV

We will rise again.

Trust in the Lord, and so will you.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

You will overcome trials. You will overcome adversity. You will overcome mockery and insults and shame, and yes, you will overcome this winter storm. When the lights come back on and the water flows, you’ll be stronger and wiser than before.  

Trust in God, be prudent, and your heart we be at peace.

Kimberly Humphreys

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