The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. In chapter of Samuel we see one attribute of a man (or woman) after God’s own heart. Four times in chapter 18 (in verses 5,14,15,30) the Word tells us that David behaved himself wisely. The Hebrew word for wise means to be circumspect, intelligent. To be circumspect means to be mindful of consequences, to look around, take heed.
Make no mistake in trying to prove how perfect David was, for Scripture records in the book of 2 Samuel his adultery with Bathsheba, his poor control over his household, and his foolish numbering of Israel. Yes, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, even the man after God’s own heart. You see, David wasn’t a sinner because he sinned, but he sinned because he was born (as you & I were) a sinner; that is, with a fallen, flawed nature. But did he (or do we) have to yield to temptations? No. If David had consistently walked wisely he would not have given in to such blatant sins.
Brethren, there is a real need to walk wisely today. Paul said that we should walk circumspectly (There’s that word again.), not as fools (by God’s definition in Psalms 14:1) but as wise. In other words, weigh the consequences of breaking fellowship with Jesus or turning your back on His clear teachings. Is anything really worth compromising for?
We are to redeem the time; yes, redeem that time of temptation and get the victory through Jesus. Redeem the time in His Word. Redeem that time with your spouse and children. Redeem that time at church. Why? Because the days are evil. Don’t compromise! Don’t make a pact with the enemy! Or, as someone has said, Don’t stroke the serpent; kill him!
Don’t merely profess yourself to be wise; be wise. A wise son pleases the father. A wise son hears and heeds God’s Word. A wise son is a soul winner, and seeks good fellowship.
Now is the time to wise up before we rise up!